Testifying before a parliamentary committee today, a lawyer for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said Canada’s spies will use information obtained through torture if they feel lives are a stake. Such situations, he said, are “once-in-a-lifetime,” but human rights advocates say only an absolute ban is acceptable. The committee is studying the government’s response to Maher Arar, the Canadian who was detained in New York and sent to Syria where he was tortured on suspicion he was linked to terrorism.
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