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Vancouver 2010 security secrecy

JEFF LEE, Canwest News Service

Published: Tuesday, October 14

Police planners for the 2010 Winter Games are asking permission to ignore requests for information made under the federal Access to Information Act until at least 2012, saying such requests could pose a threat to security.

In the recommendations section, Graham suggested “special (access to information) exemption should be sought to defer requests to at least two years after the 2010 Games. The temporary exemption would help to ensure that the integrity of Games security was maintained.”

Information commissioner Robert Marleau said this week he doesn’t believe the RCMP needs any special exemption since the Access to Information Act already allows for sensitive information to be redacted for national security purposes.

Agencies like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Department of National Defence have equally sensitive issues, but comply with the act.

“If CSIS can live with this, and national defence can live with this and we are in a campaign in Afghanistan … why should there be a special exemption for the Olympics?” he asked.

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