Ottawa launches Alberta counter-terrorism unit

Ottawa launches Alberta counter-terrorism unit by Carrie Tait, June 6, 2012, Globe and Mail
After labelling certain environmental and first nations groups as extremists and radicals, Canada’s federal government, along with the country’s top law enforcement and spy agencies, have set up a counter-terrorism unit in Alberta in order to protect the province’s natural resources and infrastructure. … “It is very much in line with the trend of committing more and more national security and counter-terrorism resources without a corresponding basis in any kind of particular threats,” Jeffrey Monaghan, a researcher with the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, said. “I think this has to do with property crimes rather than threats to civilians. … It really has to do with economic infrastructure.”

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