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Tue Feb 7, 2012, 02:09 PM

CSIS may use intelligence derived from torture, Toews says

The federal government has directed Canada's spy agency to use information that may have been extracted through torture in cases where public safety is at stake.

The order represents a reversal of policy for the Conservative government, which once insisted the Canadian Security Intelligence Service would discard information if there was any inkling it might be tainted.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has quietly told CSIS the government now expects the spy service to "make the protection of life and property its overriding priority."

A copy of the two-page December 2010 directive was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

Feb 7, 2012 8:47 AM ET

A Dec. 2010 directive obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information reveals Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, shown here during Friday's question period, has quietly reversed the Canadian government's policy on using intelligence derived from torture or mistreatment. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

So we now require that torture be used to protect.

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