About this Project:

The Secret Law Gazette is a project run by Craig Forcese, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa, as part of my National Security Law blog. The Secret Law Gazette publishes "secret laws" in the area of national security in Canada. "Secret laws" include ministerial directives, memoranda of understanding, and internal policies and procedures which affect and govern the conduct of Canada's security agencies, but are excluded from the regular publication requirements for Canadian law.

For a fuller discussion of the concept of "secret laws", see this posting and the documents linked to it.

I shall occasionally depart from "secret laws" and post other documents relevant to national security law that, while public, are difficult to find unless you know where to look.

About the Documents:

The documents archived here are versions of these instruments released through legal process -- either through access to information requests or court proceedings. The Secret Law Gazette is not a whistleblower site. I do not post materials that have been leaked or otherwise released through unofficial means.

How Secret Law Gazette is Organized:

I have assembled documents into "collections", mostly by category of instrument. I have also prepared occasional "exhibits" that categorize documents by subject matter and occasionally provide more description and analysis. These usually are outgrowths of other research projects on which I have worked. In those cases, I have provided links to academic and other articles that rely on the documents in the curated exhibits.

Document descriptions can also be keyword searched (note that best results come by selecting "boolean" search in the pull down menu at the top right of the webpage).

NB: Documents may not open properly on mobile devices (because of the pdf plugin this site uses). For best results, use a computer.

A Collective Effort:

I welcome contributions from others. This project reflects a commitment to transparency and the rule of law. It is a private intiative that I conduct in my spare time, and in support of my academic research projects. It would, therefore, benefit from serious "crowdsourcing" of materials. I do ask, however, that materials possess a reasonable "chain of custody" demonstrating their provenance as official government documents (that is, released through ATIP or legal process or the equivalent).

Recently Added Items

Report of the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin (2008)

Iacobucci Inquiry Report (2008).pdf

Report of the commission of inquiry into the role of Canadian agencies in the torture and maltreatment of Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and…

Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar (2006)

Arar Commission (Factual Report Analysis and Recommendations) (2006).pdf

Reports of the commission of inquiry into the role of Canadian officials in the US rendition and Syrian maltreatment and torture of Maher Arar. …

Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 (2010)

Air India Bombing Inquiry (Reader's Guide) (2010).pdf

Commission of inquiry report on the bombing of Air India Flight 182 (1985), focusing on issues such as the intelligence-to-evidence problem and…

Reports of Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (1979-1981)

First Report (McDonald Commission) (1979).pdf

Commission established in the wake of revelations of wrongdoing and "dirty tricks" by the RCMP Security Service in the aftermath of the October…