OTTAWA - Some Canadian animal rights,
anti-globalization and white supremacist groups may pose a terrorist
threat, revealed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's latest
The report, released Thursday, also claims that Canada is a
target for terrorist activity because it supports the U.S.
Canada's spy agency listed religious extremism as its top
terrorist concern, while aboriginals, separatists and
environmentalists were not mentioned in the report.
Solicitor General Wayne Easter defended the inclusion of domestic
lobbies in the report, adding that Canadians should not be
complacent about terrorist threats.
"The Canadian Security Intelligence Service… is aware of emerging
terrorist threats and tactics that could have severe consequences
for Canadians," Easter said.
NDP Leader Jack Layton said, "It looks as though CSIS is lumping
together anyone who disagrees with the government."
Rob Sinclair, a campaigner with the International Fund for Animal
Welfare, said equating animal rights groups with white supremacists
"It sounds like CSIS is once again completely out to lunch,"
Bill Moore-Kilgannon of the Council of Canadians was also
critical of the report saying, "We're concerned about the
implications for the average citizen who will go out to a protest
march, whether or not they're going to be put on some blacklist."
Canadian Alliance MP Kevin Sorenson, who sat on the Commons
security committee, said he doesn't have a problem with CSIS
monitoring domestic organizations but he is bothered that the report
omits to mention groups such as the Tamil Tigers.
Written by CBC News Online staff