But under the heading Domestic Extremism, the spy service also underscored what might be the flip side of that coin — the recent development "of a Canadian online anti-Islam movement, similar to ones in Europe."
CSIS characterized it as an "ongoing risk, particularly as its proponents advocate violence."
The Sept. 18 briefing for Blaney's office came a little more than a month before soldiers were killed in Canadian attacks just two days apart — murders committed by young men that authorities say were motivated by Islamic extremism.
Shortly after the killings, there was vandalism of mosques in Ottawa and Cold Lake, Alta., threats against the B.C. Muslim Association, and a general increase in reports of public bullying and harassment of Muslims.
CSIS likely monitoring anti-immigrant sentiment: expert
However, CSIS is likely more interested in the kind of anti-immigrant, anti-Islam sentiment that has taken root in some parts of northern Europe, even among the middle class, said Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo sociology professor and co-director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.
A Norwegian official briefed CSIS shortly before the release of an inquiry report that found the Scandinavian country's security services could have prevented Breivik's attack.CSIS spokeswoman Tahera Mufti did not respond to requests for comment.
A simple online search quickly turns up websites with Canadian domain addresses spouting anti-Islamic invective.
The government's anti-terrorism bill, to be scrutinized at a Commons committee starting next week, would give the RCMP power to seek a judge's order to remove extremist propaganda from websites.
National security threats are not confined to Canadian borders, the CSIS presentation notes warn."International developments have a considerable impact on Canada's interests."
CSIS faces a challenging investigative environment in which the rapid movement of people and modern communications technology has "extended the reach" of those who pose a threat and has increased the ease and speed with which they can act, the notes add.
"Co-operation with domestic and foreign partners is critical, including reliable access to information."So you now see the net expanding and suddenly those who have been strong proponents of legislation such as C51 influenced with a direct fear being associated with Muslims - which is being fomented by the government and media themselves - are now being cast in the same net, along with environmentalists.
Websites, perhaps like Ezra Levants' "CanadianJihad"? Where an entire 8, yes 8, whole questionable out of context examples have been compiled by a "researcher" Jonathan Halevi who if you follow the links back to his own website you discover is:
Senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd. and a former advisor to the Policy Planning Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Gee, what a surprise eh? Because Israel doesn't lie for it's own agenda does it?
Ezra Levants' followers don't understand he has lead them into a trap and the trust they place in the government to leave them alone is misplaced. What group of people in Canada comes to mind when you hear of the anti-Islam crowd?
This entire thing is being manufactured. You, no matter what label you fall under will sooner or later be considered a threat for something. That's the entire point, to allow the rendition of anyone at anytime, to disable our ability to fight back. The fear of the islamic terrorist I think barely exists, the portrayal of it in the media is being amplified. The polls showing the fear manipulated. As we've been discussing over the past month your consent to having severe restrictions placed on your rights is being manufactured through multiple different facets, and a false opposition.
Divide and conquer. There is no Canada, only Zuul.
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