CSIS loses bid to keep closed-door hearing a secret in B.C. terror trial

VANCOUVER – Canada’s spy agency has lost a fight to keep information from a closed-door hearing out of the public’s eyes in a court ruling expected to provide a deeper look into the organization’s involvement in a British Columbia terrorism probe.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce ruled on Monday that it is possible to protect the privacy and safety of a Canadian Security Intelligence Service source without the need to keep a hearing entirely confidential in connection to the investigation of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody.

  • Exile1981

    I have mixed feelings on this. Even a little info could put the sources life in danger but keeping evidence hidden undermines the legal process.

  • Jay Currie

    Exile, there is something smelly about this entire case. These two losers would seem to have had trouble organising a trip to the 7-11 but somehow managed to build and deliver kettle bombs to the BC Legislature. Finding out how they did that and who helped them is key to assessing guilt or innocence.

    • lolwut?

      They weren’t functional bombs and the BC legislature isn’t exactly a super fortress.

    • Exile1981

      I’ve assumed they had help from someone working with CSIS. It’s like when the FBI picks up a nut and it turns out the guy was encouraged and radicalized by a FBI agent undercover and all the materials and the plan came from the FBI.

      Those two were likely encouraged by CSIS for the purpose of making a bust.

      • Jay Currie

        Yup. I generally support both the Horsemen and CSIS on terror stuff; but this sort of arrest has entrapment written in large letters. Then the attempt to keep the proceedings secret? Something is very wrong here.

        • Exile1981

          I have very mixed feelings about the horesmen.

        • CaligulaJones

          This guy is a bit too much “troofer” for me, but he does keep a good eye on BC cops and robbers:


          I agree, something is wrong here. I get the idea that they were out to trap someone, and didn’t get a big fish, hoping people won’t notice when they parade the minnows.

          I hate it when the good guys give paranoiacs such a good opening….

          • mobuyus

            Were they entrapped by the establishment to convert to islam in the first place?

        • mobuyus

          I have an ambivalence about those that are able to become entrapped.

      • mobuyus

        Did CSIS entrap them into converting to islam. Anything and everything that happens to them after this pernicious decision is honestly deserved. Fuck them. They set themselves apart from society. Misadventure has it’s costs.

    • mobuyus

      Everything to do with islam is inherently smelly.