OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF CANADA’S NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCIES: A FRAMEWORK FOR DISCUSSION
Keywords: national security, canadian security intelligence service, security oversight, Communications Security Establishment
AbstractIn this paper, the author comments on the mandate and role of agencies in the Canadian security system, using as examples the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Communications Security Establishment. The author also comments on the findings of Mr Justice Dennis O’Connor in the Arar Inquiry, notably his recommendations for increased accountability and the creation of independent mechanisms for review of security decision-making. The author notes that prominent features of the current security system include lack of transparency, increased international co-operation and information sharing, and the potential for racial, ethnic and religious profiling.
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