In this second post in our series about Canada’s national security law reform, we begin a discussion of changes proposed for the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s primary signals intelligence and cybersecurity agency. We focus specifically on how Canada will address an issue that has also arisen in allied states: oversight of bulk collection that may incidentally include communications involving nationals.
A few years ago, shortly after stepping down as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, I published a long article called Law Enforcement as a Counterterrorism Tool. As its title suggests, the article’s central thesis was that law enforcement methods are useful in combating international terrorism. I did not try to make the case that law enforcement is the only, or even necessarily the best, way of combating terrorism.
Deciphering is one thing and there is more there … then you don’t know what you don’t know.
The Schiff memo, the Democrats’ response to the Nunes memo’s claims about the Russia investigation, was released over the weekend and it contained a few nuggets of new information.
Certainly good points, politics and maneuvering aside, but since majority of people do not know the underlying “highly sensitive” intelligence the root cause of the beef can still not be deciphered by the majority of the majority of those people in the dark. Psst … if the Russians know a good part of the “highly sensitive” S&M intelligence how much of the classification is institutional PR protection? And what is it with the email format and hand writing corrections? Nunes memo was a Monarch note and this is more like Shakespeare. I still need to digest this document and read every footnote.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released their rebuttal to the memo on alleged surveillance abuses prepared by Chairman Devin Nunes. The rebuttal memo is available in full below.
5 eyes, 9 eyes, 14 eyes … this thing is getting out of hand – figuratively.
Bottom Line: While President Donald Trump’s tweets at times unnerve America’s closest allies, especially those that attack U.S. intelligence and law enforcement, the “Five Eyes” network of the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand continues to share intelligence almost as one nation.
These suggestions are lit and legit.
Five suggestions for improving accountability, transparency and understanding.
A draft vs. a release? DejaVu all over again?
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday fought in federal court to keep some minor details of its counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election under wraps, even after President Donald Trump had unwrapped them.
Part one in a series examining powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and potential changes.
Excellent solution by the FISC. Why not, instead of the judiciary, put it on see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil folks even if they were steered by bogus input? It is not like federal agents file non-trivial affidavits without USAs, with no documentation and a trail of evidence. DOJ attorneys are not potted plants — except when Comey took over the DOJ and some other flares of fierce independence.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court sent the following letters to the chairmen of the House intelligence and judiciary committees on Thursday. Letter to House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes: