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U.S. says Canada cares too much about liberties

Terrorism report also says too little spent on police
Jim Bronskill, with files from Janice Tibbetts
The Ottawa Citizen

The United States says the lack of funding for police and restrictive privacy legislation in Canada are frustrating probes of political extremists.

The comments in an annual report on international terrorism were the latest critical remarks from the U.S. apparently aimed at prodding Canada to bring its security measures in line.

The State Department report on global terrorism for 2002 suggests that while Canada has been helpful in the fight against terrorism, it doesn’t spend enough on policing and places too much emphasis on civil liberties.

It says “some U.S. law enforcement officers have expressed concern” about Canadian privacy laws.

The U.S. officers feel those laws, as well as funding levels for law enforcement, “inhibit a fuller and more timely exchange of information and response to requests for assistance,” the report says.

“Also, Canadian laws and regulations intended to protect Canadian citizens and landed immigrants from government intrusion sometimes limit the depth of investigations.”

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