Oil & gas friendly spy agency, CSIS, that for years, “relied on legal doctrine of Crown immunity as defence against criminal liability,” chastised in court yet again, for pissing on the rule of law. Better tell our lying Supreme Court of Canada judges; murdering illegally spying police; RCMP illegally operating as mobsters for Encana & AER trying to scare frac-harmed plaintiffs into silence and violently arresting innocents to enable oil & gas profits; too many criminal, lying politicians (that appoint our judges or become judges); lying “justice” lawyers; lying, rule-violating public interest lawyers; etc etc etc.

All in the Protti Family? What are the connections between law-violating CSIS, law-violating Encana, propagadist big oil lobby group CAPP, law-violating EUB/ERCB/AER and the big banks?

“Former CSIS head Raymond Protti (brother of Ex AER Chair, Ex Encana and Cenovus VP Gerry Protti) was named as new president of the CBA [Canadian Banker’s Association].”

Pissing on Reconciliation, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calls First Nations “Fringe Groups” and spews rule of law while he remains under investigation for breaking it. Law Prof Heidi Matthews: “‘Rule of law’ is a conservative talking point.”

Industry’s and misogyny’s loyal Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Terrorists?): “Screw the Rule of Law”

‘A shocking violation of free expression’: Civil liberties groups release ‘Protest Papers,’ call on CSIS for more transparency. Pfffft! As if oily politicians, RCMP & courts will let that happen!

RCMP Mobilizing Officers to Houston, NEBC, Intensifying Harassment of Camps. RCMP are lying, as usual, “saying one thing and doing the exact opposite.” BC Premier John Horgan: “The rule of law needs to prevail.” Whose? White Privileged Rich Man’s Law? Oil & Gas Industry’s Law? Racists’ Law?

New National Security & Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA) members announced: Outgoing NDP MP Murray Rankin, Q.C. (Chair) & U of Ottawa prof Craig Forcese; Multi-hatted watchdog will have full access to virtually all information held by federal govt. Why? To give to Israel and multinational corporations, and abuse innocent Canadians with?

Who needs ICORE! EUB trained deregulation – for free. It was the “Brotherhood of regulators,” says ex-EUB Chair Neil McCrank, who enabled the Caroline Cover-up and Encana illegally frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, with the “regulator” abusing it’s power, punishing Ernst instead of the company; was Chair when EUB incorporated the notoriously evil Synergy Alberta; authorized the “repulsive” spying on innocent Albertans that made gov’t change it to ERCB; etc., etc.

2017: Welcome to Canadian “justice” in Hell: CSIS officials and Federal Justice Dept lawyers being taught to tell the truth and share information with courts! Looks like CSIS learned nothing in Truth and Share School.

2017: Solicitor-client privilege often stymies the release of public records, and that may be a problem. And it is, for the citizens with drinking water contaminated by the oil and gas industry!

Did Harper and the oil and gas industry order RCMP/CSIS/Snipers to attack innocent mothers and grandmothers, and set aflame stripped police cars in New Brunswick to discredit all Canadians concerned about frac harms and lay a red carpet for Harper’s Bill C-51?

2016: “Corruption … At A Gallop.” Ex-Justice Minister Peter MacKay urges: “Respect the Rule of Law” while the RCMP, Encana, AER, Alberta and Harper governments busily break it?

2016: Who are CSEC, CSIS Working for? Oil Companies & the fraudulent, lying, Charter violating, “No Duty of Care,” legally immune, ex-Encana VP led AER? Harper’s Communist China?

2015: RCMP pushes for new law to get Canadians’ private information without a warrant. Who’s pushing the RCMP?

2015: Did Harper’s thugs spy on more than 160 protests, community events, demonstrations May 2014 – Feb 2015? Protests tracked includes vigil, ‘peace demonstration’

2014: RCMP ignore “volley of gunfire” to concerned citizen’s home but warn government and industry: “Environmental extremists pose ‘clear and present criminal threat’ to Canada’s energy sector – more likely to strike at critical infrastructure than religiously inspired terrorists.” Canadian and Australian oil and gas lobby groups warn: Industry operations “impact aquifers” and “contaminate water resources” as pre-determined “bullshit” investigations, cover-ups and court rulings fix everything. No word if “religiously inspired terrorists” plan to retire because of the intense competition

2014: Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) illegally spied on Canadians; Harper government insisted CSEC never spied on Canadians; Spy agency’s work with CSIS, RCMP fuels fears of privacy breaches

2014: Meet ASSIST: Alberta’s very own Spy Agency, “Alberta Security and Strategic Intelligence Support Team;” Did ASSIST break into Carmen Langer’s home and steal his files?

2014: Complaint filed over alleged illegal searches of private information on Northern Gateway pipeline opponents by RCMP, CSIS and handing the information over to oil companies and Canada’s national energy regulator

2014: Chuck Strahl, CSIS Watchdog Chair, Federal Former Reform-Conservative MP, Registers As Northern Gateway Lobbyist

2014: Ex-MP Chuck Strahl shouldn’t mix spy committee and pipeline lobbying; Canada’s chief spy watchdog, Harper Govt Appointee Chuck Strahl, working for Enbridge since 2011

2014: Canada’s spy agency admits it spies on Canadians ‘incidentally’

2013: Canada’s spy agencies chastised for duping courts; CSIS deliberately breached its “duty of candour” to the courts

2013: “Sickened” by Harper government spying

2013: We’re Being Watched, How corporations and law enforcement are spying on environmentalists

2013: Hey CSIS, farmers are not terrorists, Anti-fracking activists have been labelled a security threat

2013: Petro-state politics prompts CSIS to spy on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal

2013: Shale gas: RCMP and CSIS on high alert; Les fractivistes rendent la GRC nerveuse, RCMP and CSIS watching citizens concerned about hydraulic fracturing very closely

2013: Canada’s former spy watchdog is now a wanted man in Quebec

2012: Lawyer’s suspicions spy agency listened to client calls proven right

2012: Counter-terrorism unit to protect Alberta energy industry

2009: The Intimidation of Ernst: Members of Harper Government’s RCMP Anti-terrorist Squad Intimidate and Harass Ernst after her Legal Papers were Served on Encana, the EUB (now AER) and Alberta Environment

2007: Alberta landowners intend to bring legal action against the EUB (now AER) for spying on them and intruding on solicitor client privilege

2007: Landowner Lawyers furious that Private Investigators intruded on solicitor client discussions

Judge calls for review after CSIS fails to flag info likely obtained illegally, Federal Court finds intelligence agency displayed ‘cavalier institutional approach’ to the rule of law by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, Jul 16, 2020, CBC News

A federal judge has called for a comprehensive review after ruling Canada’s spy service failed to disclose its reliance on information that was likely collected illegally in support of warrants to probe extremism.

In his ruling released Thursday, Federal Court Justice Patrick Gleeson found the Canadian Security Intelligence Service breached its duty of candour to the court, part of a troubling pattern dating back years.

“Having approved operations that were on their face illegal, the service then collected information which in turn was put before this court in support of warrant applications, without notifying the court of the likely illegality,” Gleeson’s ruling said.

“The circumstances raise fundamental questions relating to respect for the rule of law, the oversight of security intelligence activities and the actions of individual decision-makers.”

Rule of Law Reality Check:

Ms. Matthews is a Canadian law prof

End Rule of Law Reality Check

Gleeson said a federal review must look at interactions between CSIS and the federal Justice Department to fully identify systemic, governance and cultural shortcomings and failures.

Anything less will fall short of ensuring that confidence and trust in the spy service as a key national institution are restored and enhanced, he said. Pfffft. Nice dream but Israel, our devil-run politicians and judicial industry, and oil and gas industy rich will never let that happen.

Federal ministers responsible for security and justice No such thing in Canada. swiftly announced they had asked the national intelligence watchdog to look into the judge’s findings. Roaring laughter!! Take a good look at Canada’s “intelligence watchdog!” I knew as soon as I read about it being created last year, it would be used for CSIS/RCMP/CSEC etc to escape accountability for pissing on the rule of law, again and again, by dishing up a 3 or 4 year “review” leading to a nice “justice” smearing bowl of limp noodles.

CSIS director David Vigneault told a news conference that he takes the findings “very seriously” and that the service must do everything it can to ensure it has the court’s confidence. Bullshit! If he were telling the truth, CSIS wouldn’t have broken the law – again. The purpose of CSIS is to beak the law and spy on us illegally to benefit corrupt politicians, lying judges and other dirty authorities, the rich, law-violating corporations and Israel.

Paid informant

The ruling flows from the spy service’s efforts to investigate foreign fighters — Canadian citizens who might return to Canada after travelling abroad to take part in extremism. In one case, CSIS paid someone known to be facilitating or carrying out terrorism an amount totalling less than $25,000 over a few years, the judge said.

At times, CSIS needs to pay such sources or provide them with logistical support such as a cellphone, said Vigneault, characterizing these as activities as “routine, bread-and-butter practices” of intelligence agencies.

Watch | CSIS director defends how the service used informants during press conference Thursday CSIS relies on immunity to get away with breaking the law – just like AER, nicely enabled by Canada’s courts!

CSIS director defends how the service used informants

CSIS director David Vigneault appeared at a news conference on Thursday with the federal ministers of justice and public safety. 2:05

For several years, CSIS relied on the legal doctrine of Crown immunity as a defence against criminal liability while engaging in these activities, he noted.

Gleeson said reliance was placed on the doctrine despite CSIS’s having been advised by senior counsel that it was “not consistent” with the law governing the spy service. Nothing new.

CSIS continued to rely on Crown immunity in the face of “unambiguous direction” from the government that the service “must observe the rule of law in discharging its responsibilities,” the judge added.

“And this was done with the apparent acquiescence of the Department of Justice,” Gleeson said.

“While the evidence discloses that the operational activity in issue was reported, in some instances belatedly, to the minister, the reporting was couched in the language of ‘high legal risk’ — not illegality.”

Respect for rule of law ‘fundamental’

The ruling comes four years after the Federal Court found CSIS illegally held onto potentially revealing electronic data about people who posed no security threat and breached its duty to inform the court of the data-collection program.

In the latest ruling, Gleeson said he appreciates the challenges of safeguarding Canada’s national security.

“Despite these challenges, this court and the Canadian public must have confidence that respect for the rule of law is and remains a foundational principle underpinning all national security intelligence decision-making,” he wrote.

“The circumstances disclosed here suggest a degree of institutional disregard for — or, at the very least, a cavalier institutional approach to — the duty of candour and regrettably the rule of law.”

In a joint statement, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Justice Minister David Lametti said they are determined to uphold the practice of protecting Canadians “in a manner that is compliant with the law.” All useless words, No Action.

Former justice appointed adviser

The ministers have written the chairman of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency to request that it look into the findings and provide recommendations on how to address the concerns raised by the court’s decision.

They have also asked the agency to make regular progress limp noodle reports to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

In addition, the government has hired an external adviser, former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, to help with the implementation of the review agency’s recommendations within Justice Canada. Another nice judicial industy retirement bonus – making money on powerful authorities repeatedly breaking the law, while in a vicious circle, never getting them anywhere near respecting the rule of law.

Blair told the news conference that Vigneault had assured him CSIS is putting in place “concrete measures” to address the issues raised by the court.

The government said while it is fully committed to addressing the court’s recommendations, it will also appeal the ruling “on narrow but important legal grounds” concerning solicitor-client privilege and the government’s ability to provide and obtain legal advice in the future.

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A few of the comments to the article:

Brian Hughes

“In addition, the government has hired an external adviser, former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, to help with the implementation of the review agency’s recommendations within Justice Canada.”

This is the same Ian Binnie who was hired by Stephen Harper’s government to support the ill-fated nomination of Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court. Binnie claimed that “there was no obstacle to Nadon’s appointment” (Walrus https://thewalrus.ca/court-dismissed/). How wrong he was.

Is Ian Binnie the governing party’s “go-to” guy for providing legal opinions that it is looking for?

Bob Wilson

It’s a moral conundrum, do the ends justify the morally dubious means. I figure that’s just how it is when it comes to spying.

philip le good

Reply to @Bob Wilson: Actually there are well researched studies showing how ineffective data mining and other high tech spying methods are. There are more established security agencies that rely on the rule of law and are far more effective than what CSIS has been conducting. If it’s OK for CSIS to delve into law abiding citizens data and lie about it then how about giving me all your passwords and let me sift through personal information? Privacy and the rule of law matters. When those two aspects of society are ignored deliberately we sink into authoritarianism. We have enough examples of this happening historically.

Ron Malone

Reply to @Bob Wilson: Unless you or your family are on the wrong end of a CSIS illegal action. Ask some people from marginalized groups what they think.

Pete Needham

Reply to @Brent Forder: Eager for regime change in Venezuela? Spying on environmentalists and socialists?

I don’t trust them at all.

Brent Forder

Reply to @john worley: Ridiculous! CSIS has every opportunity to lobby for changes to the laws if they need them. They are actually quite useful in their lawful duties. When they need urgent exceptions to the laws, they can raise those issues up with the court. There is a process for all of this… There is no excuse for them to break the law. Allowing an intelligence agency or AER or lying supreme court of canada judges to be above the law is allowing tyranny.

Steve A Wilson

Give them a CSIS and Desist Letter.

Sukhbir Powar

The culture of all secret police is their belief that they are above the law.

Neil Austen

Ever since Harper spent all those millions of taxpayers dollars to build a spy palace for CSIS, they believed they are above the law and can do what they want. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-canada-s-top-secret-billion-dollar-spy-palace-1.1930322

“While the Harper government is preaching government austerity, it is spending almost $1.2 billion on a new Ottawa headquarters for a little-known military spy agency. It’s the most expensive Canadian government building ever constructed.”

I’m still waiting for someone to hold them accountable for illegally spying on reporters for Harper.

I have no faith in Canadian police to do their jobs competently and without corruption.

When your police departments are committing the worst crimes they are supposed to be preventing and when caught are given a paid vacation (paid suspension ) and then just a slap on the wrist when the media moves on, you know something is seriously wrong. When the police know there are no consequences for them they will work under an AIRE OF IMMUNITY and no reform will ever occur.

“Defund the Police” Look it up. Be informed. It is time. Turn our hard earned tax money towards alternatives that support the community instead of the police that endangers it.

Jennie Adkins

… That missing $3 billion, the Auditor General NEVER did track down . . . . .

Norm Owen

Obtaining evidence illegally should be an offece, since its illegal good grief I cant believe I have to say that.

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