Category Archives: State Security Forces

The FBI Likes Your Water Protectors Post Too: The Do’s and Don’ts

Dakota Access pipeline protest 1Fellow water protectors should think carefully and act responsibly when posting any information about themselves or others – because the authorities are watching

The fight against Dakota Access is not over. Court battles continue, divestment efforts have pulled billions from the company, and resistance all over Turtle Island is ongoing. But while we, water protectors, stand up for the future generations, a massive strategy by state and federal law enforcement seeks to repress and destroy us.

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RCMP defends use of secretive cellphone surveillance technology for the first time

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An IMSI catcher pretends to be a cellphone tower to attract nearby cell signals. When it does, it can intercept the unique ID number associated with your phone, the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, or IMSI. That number can then be used to track your phone. (CBC)

Unprecedented briefing with reporters comes in wake of CBC investigation into illegal spying in Ottawa

By Dave Seglins, Matthew Braga, Catherine Cullen, CBC News, April 5, 2017

The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry

Canada’s spy agency was watching Standing Rock

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People moving to confront and stop work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Sept 3, 2016. Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

CSIS believes the protests have implications north of the border

By Hilary Beaumont, Vice News,

Two secret reports on Standing Rock obtained by VICE News show the Canadian spy agency has been monitoring the protest camps and acts of pipeline sabotage in the U.S. and believes they have Canadian implications. Read the rest of this entry

CIA could listen through cellphones, smart TVs, WikiLeaks claims

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WikiLeaks claims the CIA has developed malware to eavesdrop through cellphones, and that it can bypass the encryption on apps including WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)

Leaks suggest spies can bypass encryption of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram

The Associated Press, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America’s cyberespionage toolkit. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP watchdog’s probe into review of northern B.C. policing thwarted by poor record keeping

RCMP car logoAgency looked at reports of public intoxication, missing persons, domestic violence and strip searches

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, Feb 15, 2017

The RCMP’s federal watchdog has found that nearly half of the missing persons reports in northern British Columbia fail to show that Mounties investigated cases quickly or thoroughly.

It’s one of the findings of the self-initiated report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, which is looking into how Mounties do their jobs in the 35 detachments in B.C.’s North District.

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FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists

fbi-terror-task-forceFBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 10, 2017

The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism taskforce have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.

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D.C. police demand Facebook hand over data on Trump protesters

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Black bloc participants smash corporate property in Washington, DC, during Trump’s presidential inauguration on Jan 20, 2017.

The D.C. police department subpoenaed Facebook for information regarding several protesters arrested while demonstrating against the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20. Read the rest of this entry

Racism and discrimination “rampant” throughout ranks and elements of Canadian Armed Forces says report

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Canadian Forces soldiers from 3 PPCLI train in urban combat in Poland, 2014.

by Dennis Ward, APTN National News, Jan 19, 2017

A report by the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group says racism and discrimination “is a systemic issue” within Canadian Armed Forces that is “rampant throughout all ranks of elements of Land, Air Force and Navy” and the issue is serious enough that an external review is imminent. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian police hit by major computer network outage

RCMP car logo‘It’s like flying blind,’ 1 frontline RCMP officer said about computer outage

By Alison Crawford, CBC News Jan 19, 2017

The failure of a critical core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing a critical computer program they need to do their jobs called the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. Read the rest of this entry

Delta police use GPS darts to track fleeing vehicles, say they’re first in Canada

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A GPS tracking device attached to a license plate. The projectile has a sponge on the head which has a strong adhesive.

‘Everything worked as it should’ in initial use of system designed to cut risk of pursuits

By Bal Brach, CBC News January 12, 2017

Eight Delta police vehicles have been equipped with GPS dart technology that allows officers to attach a tracking projectile onto a suspect vehicle that fails to stop.

According to spokeswoman Sharlene Brooks, more than 70 vehicles tried to evade police in the Vancouver suburb last year. Read the rest of this entry