Surprise visits to people at work a ‘legitimate strategy’: spy agency

Posted: March 4, 2012 in Police State
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OTTAWA – Canada’s spy agency considers surprise workplace visits to be a “legitimate investigative strategy” despite persistent public concerns about the practice, a newly disclosed policy memo says.

The memo surfaced recently further to a complaint lodged by an Ottawa woman who took exception to being visited by Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers at her office.

The previously secret document shows that CSIS makes it a point to suddenly turn up at people’s offices in order to intimidate them, said Paul Champ, the woman’s lawyer.

“It’s a strategy to make people uncomfortable and to coerce them into speaking to CSIS. I think that’s clearly the intent of the policy,” he said.

“It’s about catching people off guard and unsettling them. They know that it causes fear in people, and that’s precisely why they do it.”

The woman, a Canadian of Middle Eastern origin, does not want her name published, given the unwanted attention she has already received, Champ said.

In 2006, CSIS officers made two unannounced visits to the woman’s apartment, followed by a third, scheduled one. She then told the officers she had nothing more to say. But they persisted, first calling her at work, then showing up at her office.

“She found those surprise visits to be very distressing and upsetting,” Champ said.

Read More…Surprise visits to people at work a ‘legitimate strategy’: spy agency – Yahoo! News.

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