Federal Court reprimands CSIS for breaking the law in national security investigations - 2020-07-16
The Federal Court has ordered a "comprehensive external review" into Canada's spy service after the agency admitted to using illegally collected intelligence in several warrant applications to investigate individuals believed to be national security risks.
Justice Patrick Gleeson wrote in a ruling made public Thursday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service breached its obligations to the court by failing to proactively disclose illegally collected information, saying the issue only surfaced after inquiries by fellow Justice Simon Noël in a classified warrant application. CSIS then advised the court that it had also relied on illegal information in two other redacted applications.
The ruling was initially issued in late May, but it was deemed confidential. The newly-released public ruling includes multiple redactions that scrub all references to specific applications.