Over the past week, Global News Canada has released a series of reports from Syria detailing the detention of Muhammed Ali (aka Abu Turaab Al-Kanadi), a high-profile Canadian Islamic State (ISIS) member, by Kurdish forces inside the country. Journalist Stewart Bell and researcher Amarnath Amarasingam travelled to Syria where they interviewed Ali and several other Canadians held in a makeshift detention center in the northeastern part of the state.
Leah West was formerly counsel with the Department of Justice, National Security Litigation and Advisory Group. She is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she researches and lectures on matters related to terrorism, cyber security and national security oversight.
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Should C-59 become law, it will provide a notable addition to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s capabilities: the authority to collect, retain and use “datasets” in support of domestic and foreign intelligence mandates.