[R-G] Canada's spy agency reports on anti-globalization protesters
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Mon Feb 24 12:52:32 MST 2003
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Subject: [news] CSIS report on anti-globalization protesters
CSIS paints anti-trade movement as menace
Top-secret report warns of 'violent and extreme' elements
Stewart Bell, with files from Mary Vallis
Monday, February 24, 2003
A top-secret intelligence document says the violent fringes of the
anti-globalization movement remain a security concern for Canada and
that "extraordinary caution" is necessary to prevent trouble at
Although security agencies have since Sept. 11 focused their efforts
extensively on the dangers of Islamic terrorism, the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service report says Canada is also threatened by homegrown
domestic extremists, notably anti-globalization radicals.
The briefing report, dated last November, shows months after Canada
hosted the G8 Summit without incident in Kananaskis, Alta., Canada's
intelligence service continues to view anti-globalization violence as a
"The presence of world leaders in Kananaskis reminded us that one of the
newest emerging domestic threats emanates from the highly-publicized
phenomenon of anti-globalization," said the CSIS briefing.
"Security was taken seriously [and] certainly contributed to making this
event happen almost violence free .... The rationale for this
extraordinary caution will continue for future meetings.
"We must not forget, as graphically illustrated by the actions in Quebec
City, and in Genoa, Italy in 2001, that there are elements within the
movement which are violent and extreme," the CSIS briefing said.
An anti-globalization protester was killed for the first time in
anti-capitalist riots during the extremely violent clash outside a G8
meeting in Genoa.
A police officer shot Carlo Giuliani, 23, after he lobbed a fire
extinguisher through the shattered window of a police vehicle that had
been cornered by a frenzied crowd of demonstrators. The threat posed by
such anti-globalization groups has also been apparent in Canada. In
Quebec City in April, 2001, rioting militants attacked police guarding
the Summit of the Americas conference. Nineteen officers were injured
and some 400 protesters were arrested. Some protesters had sawed-off
hockey sticks and attacked the police with smoke bombs and chunks of
Two months later, CSIS advised Parliament that violent fringe groups
such as the Black Bloc anarchists, as well as militant factions of
animal rights and environmental groups, were showing up at
anti-globalization protests alongside trade unions, left-wing
politicians and non-violent protesters.
Clifford Orwin, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, said
anti-globalization demonstrations will probably always attract "violent
"It would be quite surprising if they didn't," he said, adding violent
protesters are drawn by the allure of publicity.
The briefing report on counter-terrorism was prepared for Wayne Easter,
federal Solicitor-General, shortly after he took over the Cabinet post
from Lawrence MacAulay. It was released to the National Post under the
Access to Information Act.
It identifies the al-Qaeda terrorist network as the agency's top
concern. After Sept. 11, Canada intensified its investigations into
Islamic extremists, it said.
"As we have witnessed, one of the prime motivations for terrorism today
is religious extremism. Islamic terrorists use a militant interpretation
of the Koran to justify using extreme violence to enforce their
The main threat comes from Sunni Muslim extremists. About 85% of Muslims
are Sunnis, it says. A small minority see Osama bin Laden as a
figurehead and adhere to his belief in a jihad, or holy war, against
non-Muslims and moderate Muslims.
"Although the recent audio recording, now assessed to be the voice of
bin Laden, specifically makes reference to Canada as a potential target
of future terrorist attacks, it has [long] been our assessment that
al-Qaeda posed a threat to Canada's interests."
But Islamic terrorists are not the only threat to Canada. Elements
within Canadian multicultural groups are also actively supporting
secessionist movements in such countries as India, Sri Lanka, Turkey,
Ireland and the Middle East, the report says.
"Most of the world's major Sikh terrorist groups are represented in
Canada," it says, adding that three B.C. Sikhs have been charged with
the 1985 Air-India bombing that killed 329.
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