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COMMENT: CBC report on CSIS threat assessment for G20 summit

CBC reports that CSIS says there is a low risk of terrorism at the G8 and G20 summits. “Richard Fadden, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told the CBC, ‘We don’t think there is anyone who is really interested in doing any harm from that perspective.’” What’s the real threat according to CSIS? Fadden says “anarchist groups” and “multi-issue extremists”.

In our campaign blog this morning we noted that the Ottawa Citizen reported in August 2001 that, “Officers from various police forces and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service have infiltrated, spied on or closely monitored organizations that are simply exercising their legal right to assembly and free speech.”

The newspaper reported that, “Before and during the 1997 APEC meetings, security officials compiled extensive lists that included many legitimate organizations whose primary threat to government appeared to be a potential willingness to exercise their democratic rights to demonstrate. Threat assessments included a multitude of well-known groups such as the Council of Canadians…”

Has anything changed?

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