Top snoops deny Canadians being spied on

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director Michel Coulombe waits to testify before the...

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director Michel Coulombe waits to testify before the Senate national security and defence committee. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

OTTAWA - Canada's top snoops reassured a Senate committee Monday that eavesdroppers are not spying on Canadians and tracking their movements.

Intelligence experts were responding to NDP and Liberal charges - based on a CBC news report - Canadians are under a dome of surveillance and targets of illegal espionage activities.

"I can assure you that CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service warrants authorized by the Federal Court do not allow the mass surveillance of Canadians," CSIS director Michel Coulombe said. "Our warrants are directed against specific individuals who pose a threat to the security of Canada."

John Forster, chief of the Communications Security Establishment (CSEC), said privacy is paramount in the execution of covert operations as spelled out in laws.

"Under our foreign intelligence and cyber protection activities, CSE does not target Canadians either at home or abroad, nor do we target anyone in Canada."


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