Canada says may use information from torture, rarely

February 8, 2012 00:29


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OTTAWA - Canada's spy service can in exceptional circumstances use information that has been obtained by a foreign country through torture if it will save Canadian lives, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said on Tuesday.

"Information obtained by torture is always discounted, but the problem is, can one safely ignore it if Canadian lives and property are at stake?" Toews asked in the House of Commons.

He was responding to a question about a directive that he issued in 2010 to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), a copy of which was obtained by the Canadian Press news agency under access-to-information legislation.

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