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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

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

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

Police seek more telecom surveillance powers

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“Give us the passwords… counter-surveillance is futile!”

Rogers, TekSavvy and others say the government hasn’t justified why it needs expanded digital powers

By Matthew Braga, CBC News, Dec 20, 2016

Rogers, TekSavvy, and a consortium of Canadian information technology companies are pushing back against proposed changes to Canada’s national security legislation. Read the rest of this entry

How North Dakota police used Facebook to issue warrants for #NoDAPL water protectors

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Kyle Thompson on right with rifle is confronted by camp security and warriors, three of whom now face charges. A good example of why warriors should wear masks…

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, December 1, 2016

North Dakota authorities used Facebook posts and video to issue arrest warrants for three men to face charges in connection with a confrontation between anti-Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) demonstrators and an armed security contractor working for the pipeline company. Read the rest of this entry

35 Indigenous anti-shale gas protesters in N.B. on RCMP ‘threat’ list

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Mi’kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

313 activists across Canada secretly investigated, 89 profiled, Ottawa researchers discover

By Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, CBC News, November 17, 2016

Thirty-five of the 89 Indigenous activists secretly investigated and profiled by the RCMP as potential threats to public safety have ties to New Brunswick, a recently released document shows. Read the rest of this entry

Identities of two Mi’kmaq Warriors on RCMP ‘threat’ list revealed

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Women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, Dec 2, 2013, during resistance to SWN exploratory work for fracking.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, November 10, 2016

APTN National News has identified two of the individuals on a list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats” by the RCMP following a review of details contained in a recently released report compiled by the federal police force’s intelligence centre. 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