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Akwesasne under surveillance by military counter-intelligence unit: documents

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Crest of the Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit with what appears to be a Northwest Coast Indigenous style eagle. Photo: Wikipedia

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Feb 19, 2016
The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit has been conducting surveillance of a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S, according to “confidential” reports released to APTN National News.

The documents, a handful of counter-intelligence reports from 2012 to 2015, reveal that the Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit regularly mentioned Akwesasne—a Mohawk community straddling the Ontario-Quebec-New York State borders—as part of its “threat information collection.”

The heavily redacted reports, which are comprised of “raw data,” incorrectly describe Akwesasne as a “First Nation located on Cornwall Island.” Read the rest of this entry

Military’s counter-intelligence unit considered Valentine’s Day MMIW vigils source of potential ‘extremism’

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, February 19, 2016
The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit considered the yearly Valentine’s Day vigils for murdered and missing Indigenous women as a potential source for “extremism” and “civil unrest,” according to a document released to APTN National News. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian military on the lookout for spies and sabotage during annual Arctic training: internal documents

National Defence Peter MacKay speak with a member of the Canadian Forces Special Operations JTF2 unit after they stormed a ship during Operation Nanook, August 2012.

National Defence Peter MacKay speak with a member of the Canadian Forces Special Operations JTF2 unit after they stormed a ship during Operation Nanook, August 2012.

Murray Brewster, National Post/Canadian Press, January 11, 2015

OTTAWA — The Canadian military has been routinely deploying a counter-intelligence team to guard against possible spying, terrorism and sabotage during its annual Arctic exercise, according to internal documents.

In the view of intelligence experts, the move is unusual because Operation Nanook is conducted on Canadian soil in remote locations of the Far North. Foreign involvement is limited to friendly, close allies. Read the rest of this entry

CF Counter-Intelligence Unit monitored Idle No More during 2013

Train blocked in Toronto, February 2013.

Train blocked in Toronto, February 2013.

by Justin Ling, National Post, June 1, 2014

As First Nations activists shut down roads and bridges in protest last year, the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of National Defence was watching. Closely.

All the while, behind the scenes, they were preparing to tell the media they were doing no such thing.

The Canadian Forces spent virtually all of 2013 keeping eyes on the Aboriginal protesters, out of fear that they could pose a threat to military personnel or intercept weapons shipments, according to documents obtained under Access to Information laws. Read the rest of this entry