SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- Canada’s main spy agency will get new powers aimed at disrupting potential terror attacks under security legislation to be unveiled on Friday, sources said on Thursday.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), which currently only gathers information and then hands it over to police for action, will be given powers to act itself to prevent potential attacks, Canadian media said.
Under the new law, which will be presented in Parliament, CSIS will be able to block financial transactions, stop people from travelling abroad to join extremist groups and intercept material that can be used in an attack. It would need to obtain a judicial warrant first.
“The goal is for CSIS to move from an intelligence-gathering service to an agency that will have the power to disrupt or diminish potential terrorist threats under appropriate judicial oversight,” CBC News quoted an unnamed source as saying.
The agency will not be allowed to detain or arrest people.
The new law will also let police detain potential terror suspects for longer periods without charge, the reports said, and make it easier to track and monitor suspects.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said this week that the new law would not infringe on constitutionally protected rights to free speech, association and religion.