CSIS documents reveal how agency designates terrorism targets

When Canada’s spies designate someone as a “target” of a terrorism probe, they input that information with one of four labels – “terrorist,” “extremist,” “supporter” and “sympathizer.”

From there, the spy service determines whether the target is a Level One or Level Two threat. Only the latter can be put under the surveillance of bugging devices or paid infiltrators.

Newly released documents provide details on the targeting methodology now being used by Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the secretive agency that’s about to be given new enforcement powers through legislation.