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No, CSIS does not ‘target’ Muslims with no accountability

By Phil Gurski      

Ihsaan Gardee paints a picture of CSIS that seems to have it in for Canada’s Muslims and which has undermined attempts by those communities to 'establish robust partnerships.' He appears convinced that CSIS is an organization run rogue that has 'protracted problems' which leads to the 'stigmatization' of those among us who are Muslim. He's wrong.

OTTAWA—There are times when you read something that makes your blood boil and demands a response. One such time occurred to me last week within the pages of The Hill Times in an op-ed by Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Entitled “Government must rebuild trust with Canadian Muslims on national security“, this op-ed piece is full of language like “over-reaching and draconian,” “smearing Muslims,” “Islamophobia,” “systemic bias and discrimination,” and “little or no accountability,” all directed at CSIS and other agencies involved in national security.

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