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Spies in our midst: RCMP and CSIS snoop on green activists

Canada’s spy agency was watching Standing Rock

Dakota Access Pipeline disruption

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

The RCMP’s “Project Sitka” full PDF document

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For your viewing pleasure, the full PDF document of Project Sitka, which identified 89 Indigenous people regarded as “threats.”  To view the PDF click: project-sitka-report

RCMP intelligence centre compiled list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats”

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Mi’kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade near Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, December 2013.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, November 7, 2016
Rattled by Idle No More and Mi’kmaq-led anti-shale gas demonstrations, the RCMP compiled a list of 89 individuals considered “threats” as part of an operation aimed at improving the federal police force’s intelligence capacity when facing Indigenous rights demonstrations, according to an internal intelligence report. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS head says new powers to disrupt plots used almost 2 dozen times

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Logo of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Michel Coulombe confident in screening process for refugees, but security risks not reduced to zero

By Peter Zimonjic, CBC News, March 07, 2016

The head of Canada’s spy agency told a Senate committee today that his agency has used its extraordinary powers to disrupt extremist plots close to two dozen times since the fall of 2015.

Michel Coulombe, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, made the admission to the national security and defence committee, revealing for the first time how frequently this power was used. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS surveillance of pipeline protesters faces federal review

Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge pipeline, 2012.

Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge pipeline, 2012.

B.C. Civil Liberties Association alleges spy agency broke the law with its surveillance

CBC News, Aug 12, 2015

A federal committee is holding a hearing today into a complaint that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally spied on peaceful anti-pipeline protesters in B.C., but the public may never know what went on behind closed doors.

The security intelligence review committee hearing will not be open to the public.

The complaint was filed by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) last year after media reports suggested that CSIS and other government agencies consider opposition to the petroleum industry a threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry

Anonymous CSIS document leak probed by RCMP, CSE

Anonymous masks 1Hacker group wants police to investigate fatal RCMP shooting of 1 of its members, James McIntyre

CBC News, July 28, 2015

RCMP and Canada’s electronic spy agency are investigating the leak of a secret government document dealing with CSIS, Canada’s main spy agency, CBC News has confirmed.

Cybercrime investigators with the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) are looking into how the online international activist group Anonymous obtained the classified document and then leaked it to the media. Read the rest of this entry

Secret deal between Canada’s spies and border guards raises concerns

C-51, controversial anti-terrorism bill, is now law. So, what changes?

Ts'Peten siege, 1995; near the town of 100 Mile House, BC, over 450 heavily armed RCMP equipped with armoured personnel carriers from the Canadian military laid siege to a Secwepemc sundance camp.  During the year long trial in 1997, it was revealed that the RCMP had engaged in a self-proclaimed "smear and disinformation" campaign, had opened fire on unarmed individuals and detonated an explosive device under a truck used by defenders in an agreed upon no-shooting zone.

Ts’Peten siege, 1995; near the town of 100 Mile House, BC, over 450 heavily armed RCMP equipped with armoured personnel carriers from the Canadian military laid siege to a Secwepemc sundance camp. In the year long trial that resulted, it was revealed that police had fabricated shooting incidents, released misinformation about who was in the camp, and had attempted to shoot and kill unarmed people in agreed upon no shooting zones. 

Here are 5 differences you may notice now the anti-terror legislation has royal assent

By Haydn Watters, CBC News, June 18, 2015

Bill C-51, the Conservatives’ anti-terror legislation, received royal assent Thursday afternoon and is now law.

The bill has faced intense scrutiny for the expanded powers it gives the police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Opponents argue the bill’s wording is too vague, which could lead to dangerous and unlawful measures. Read the rest of this entry

Bill C-51 Anti-Terrorism Act passes in House of Commons

Bill C 51 graphicPassed third reading by a margin of 183 to 96

The Canadian Press/CBC News, May 6, 2015

The federal government’s controversial new anti-terrorism bill has won the approval of the House of Commons.

The Anti-Terrorism Act, also known as Bill C-51, easily passed third reading by a margin of 183 to 96, thanks to the Conservative government’s majority and the promised support of the third-party Liberals.

The legislation gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots — not just gather information about them. Read the rest of this entry