Secret intelligence report reveals Otttawa using “counter-radicalization” techniques

According to a secret intelligence report obtained by the National Post daily newspaper, the Canadian government has been using “counter-radicalization techniques” to steer Canadian Muslims from “extremism.” The measures described in the report range from meeting with community and religious leaders and urging them to tackle radicalization to the more controversial tactic of intervention by police and security officials.

“The manifestation of Islamist terrorism in the West over the past few years has led to concerns over the radicalization of Western Muslims,” begins the 13-page Canadian Security Intelligence Service document. The document was written by the Intelligence Assessment Branch of CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and dated to December, 2007. A de-classified copy was only recently released under the Access to Information Act.

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