Secret Service

Secret Service

Political Policing in Canada, From the Fenians to Fortress America

Book - 2012
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Secret Service provides the first comprehensive history of political policing in Canada - from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, through two world wars and the Cold War to the more recent 'war on terror.' This book reveals the extent, focus, and politics of government-sponsored surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations.

Drawing on previously classified government records, the authors reveal that for over 150 years, Canada has run spy operations largely hidden from public or parliamentary scrutiny - complete with undercover agents, secret sources, agent provocateurs, coded communications, elaborate files, and all the usual apparatus of deception and betrayal so familiar to fans of spy fiction. As they argue, what makes Canada unique among Western countries is its insistent focus of its surveillance inwards, and usually against Canadian citizens.

Secret Service highlights the many tensions that arise when undercover police and their covert methods are deployed too freely in a liberal democratic society. It will prove invaluable to readers attuned to contemporary debates about policing, national security, and civil rights in a post-9/11 world.

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780802007520
Branch Call Number: 363. 2830971 WHI
Characteristics: viii, 687 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 20, 2013

A massive compendium of what the authors have managed to extract from court documents and RFI's, this is a reference book, not for reading from cover to cover.

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