Monday, March 21
Time to spy on the spies
Air India debacle reveals need for indepth look at national security and intelligence
By Licia Corbella
Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan is either not telling the truth or woefully misinformed when she insists CSIS is no longer committing the sins of its past.
It would be comforting to believe that CSIS -- the Canadian Security Intelligence Service -- has improved since it botched its investigation into the Air India bombing by destroying evidence.
But recent revelations -- as recent as two months ago -- about its handling of several cases involving suspected al-Qaida terrorists living in Canada would indicate that CSIS still routinely destroys vital evidence and has learned little in the past 20 years in this regard.
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