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

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

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