New unit of the Canadian Forces charged with collecting intelligence

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OTTAWA - The Defence Department has confirmed that it's putting together a new military unit to collect intelligence in support of overseas missions.
The Globe and Mail reports it will be called the Human Intelligence Unit, and its first priority will almost certainly be intelligence relating to operations in Afghanistan.
Spokeswoman Rhiannon Andrews says the Canadian Forces have been involved in such intelligence gathering since the 1990s.
But critics are concerned about who will monitor the unit.
Canadian intelligence-gathering operations generally come under Public Safety Canada or the Department of National Defence.
Liberal defence critic Ujjal Dosanjh said that while Canadians don't need to know the details of what the new unit will do, they should know that it exists, and who's watching it.
"I would be worried if we didn't know that there was an intelligence operation or operations being set up with millions of dollars at the disposal of the military, unknown to Canadians," he said.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, falls under the mandate of Public Safety Canada, but the civilian spy agency is generally not allowed to carry out overseas tracking.
The Communications Security Establishment, Canada's wiretap agency, is under the Department of National Defence.
It was created to eavesdrop outside of Canada, but is not allowed to track Canadians at home or abroad.
It is not yet clear what, if any, similar restrictions will be imposed on the Human Intelligence Unit.

Organizations: Canadian Forces, Public Safety Canada, Department of National Defence Defence Department Globe and Mail Canadian Security Intelligence Service Communications Security Establishment

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Afghanistan, Canada

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