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What the annual CSIS report tells us about national security and public safety

By Phil Gurski      

The CSIS report sheds valuable light on what keeps the director and his staff up at night. CSIS is far from perfect but it is an excellent, dedicated and professional security service. Canadians should be glad we have these people watching out for us.

CSIS Director David Vigneault, pictured May 13, 2019, at the House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—It should come as a surprise to no one in this country that the activities of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are secret. After all, CSIS is a spy agency and all good such organizations do not tend to shout their methods and sources from the rooftops. There is nothing more important to those in intelligence than sources and methods and disclosing either puts you on a one-way road to failure.

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