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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tonda MacCharles, "CSIS defies orders on torture," Toronto Star, April 1, 2009.

OTTAWA – In stunning testimony that flatly contradicts stated Conservative government policy, a senior CSIS official admitted the spy agency still uses information that might have been obtained by torture in national security investigations "if lives are at stake."

Geoffrey O'Brian, a lawyer and CSIS adviser on operations and legislation, told the Commons public safety committee there is no absolute ban on using intelligence that may have been obtained from countries with sketchy human rights records on torture.

  "Information knowingly extracted under torture would, by definition, be unreliable."
Gilles Michaud, director general
RCMP's national security and criminal operations

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