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Political Science Intelligence & Espionage

Whose National Security?

Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies

by (author) Gary Kinsman

edited by Dieter K. Buse

revised by Mercedes Steedman

Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Oct 2000
Intelligence & Espionage, Law Enforcement
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About the authors

Gary Kinsman was one of the first three employees of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, a member of AIDS ACTION NOW!, the Newfoundland AIDS Association, the Valley AIDS Concern Group in Nova Scotia, and now the AIDS Activist History Project ( He is currently involved in the Policing the Pandemic group. He is also the author of The Regulation of Desire, and co-author of The Canadian War on Queers. His website is

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Dieter K. Buse has authored or edited numerous studies, Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia won Best Reference Work 1998 and The Regions of Germany received a dozen positive reviews. He has also written or edited works about local history based on the motto "Dig where you stand." Among those are Hard Lessons and Whose National Security?. The co-authored guide, Come on Over: North- eastern Ontario A-Z, won the Louise de Keriline Lawrence prize for non-fiction.

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Mercedes Steedman is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Laurentian University.

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Editorial Reviews

“Political policing in Canada has long underminded the democratic nature of this country. Lawyers acting in immigration, citizenship, criminal and other cases know that concepts like ‘national interest,’ ‘disloyalty,’ and ‘security threat’ are used as barriers to prevent public scrutiny of official decisions made in secret. This book fills in details of this sordid history, and makes valuable contributions to understanding the problem.”

Robert Kellerman, Barrister and Soliciter, Toronto

Whose National Security? provides revealing tales and telling analysis of the Canadian surveillance state.”

Ian McKay, Department of History, Queen’s University

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