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Judge rips CSIS over data cache

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Federal Court’s shocking revelation that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has again breached its duty of candour to the court — this time by concealing for a decade the existence and parameters of an illegal data retention program (with the apparent blessing of the federal Department of Justice) — has added fuel to the national debate over the spy agency’s mandate, powers and oversight.

Justice Simon Noël, a former Security and Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) lawyer who is the senior judge designated to secretly...