Canada on closer watch for ‘terrorist travel’ since Ocean Lady and Sun Sea human smuggling incidents: declassified report

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Canadian intelligence agencies have been paying closer attention to human smuggling since two ships carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan migrants arrived off the West Coast, according to a newly declassified report.

The arrival of the MV Ocean Lady and MV Sun Sea in 2009 and 2010 “focused the Canadian intelligence community’s attention on human smuggling,” the report said, adding that maritime human smuggling was a “particular concern.”

The Top Secret report said Canada was “vulnerable to terrorist travel” and that the “potential for inbound travel to North America to support or participate in terrorist operations is a high priority threat to Canadian and allied national security.”

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service assessment, dated March, 2013, and released under the Access to Information Act, shows how the agency has rationalized its increasing role in anti-human smuggling operations since the ships arrived.

“Illegal migration poses a range of threats to…

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