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Brazil’s outrage may fade, but debate over spy network is just beginning
Oct. 09 2013 | The Globe and Mail |CAMPBELL CLARK.

There are important public-interest questions for which we don’t have real answers. Has the government of Canada directed intelligence agencies to make economic espionage in foreign countries one of their priorities? Is this kind of metadata spying, and new revelations about the extent of it, really raising angst among our friends and semi-friends such as Brazil or India or South Africa?... whether the Canadian government has mandated intelligence agencies to make supporting the economy and trade a priority. University of Ottawa intelligence expert Wesley Wark thinks the Brazil snooping was more likely a task the U.S. gave to a Five Eyes partner, but Canadians should know if there’s a mandate for economic spying – which is risky, perhaps not worth it and, if intelligence is provided to companies, littered with potential abuses.
espionage  Five_Eyes  CSE  security_&_intelligence  Brazil  Canada  Wesley_Wark  snooping  GoC 
november 2013 by jerryking
Sharpen those little grey cells
October 3, 2001 |Globe & Mail | By WESLEY WARK.
Canada can‘t join the war on terrorism or protect itself unless we upgrade our intelligence capabilities, says international security analyst....And Ottawa must create a Canadian foreign intelligence service, similar to the CIA or Britain‘s Secret Intelligence Service, the SIS. Canada is the only G8 nation without such a service. This hampers our ability to understand foreign developments, and to contribute meaningfully to any global war on terrorism. At the moment, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has a limited mandate for foreign-intelligence collection, is tied up in red tape and hamstrung by lack of resources and expertise. As we debate the creation of a Canadian secret service, we must decide whether CSIS is the appropriate body to take on this difficult mission.

The most secretive institution in the Canadian security and intelligence community is the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), a bland title that hides an institution responsible for foreign-communications intelligence and the protection of government-communications networks. It will need more resources and a significant technological upgrade to operate at the same level as its sister organizations, the National Security Agency in the United States and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) in the United Kingdom.
security_&_intelligence  CSIS  Wesley_Wark  9/11  CSE  self-protection  sigint  GCHQ  NSA  intelligence_analysts 
july 2012 by jerryking
“Our Home and Wired Land”
by Stevie Cameron
EspionageFrom the February 2005 magazine
by Stevie Cameron | The Walrus | February 2005

There is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Powers, author of Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda. Another is Markus Ederer, a real star as the deputy director of analysis at the Bundesnachrichtendienst, the German secret service. E
Canadian  security_&_intelligence  espionage  Wesley_Wark  books  cyber_security  CSIS  CSE  sigint  spycraft  Stevie_Cameron  humint  Pulitzer_Prize 
may 2012 by jerryking
To outsmart the bad guys, CSIS's next boss must play it smart
April 29, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | by WESLEY WARK. CSIS'
current director is set to retire. Wark lays out what's required by his
successor to ensure that the agency's "product" gains relevance amongst
Canadian policymakers. "The more radical challenges lie elsewhere. They
have to do with people, thinking skills, and transformative
capabilities". CSIS has to improve it record on analysis. Too much of
its past product has been superficial, irrelevant and driven by
ill-thought-out demands. Climate security, failed states, environmental
degradation, natural disasters, pandemics, cyber crimes, people
smuggling, international drug trafficking--which should CSIS be focused
on?
security_&_intelligence  CSIS  succession  Wesley_Wark  Canada  Canadian  threats  policymakers  policymaking 
may 2009 by jerryking

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