CSIS – Canada’s spy agency – is trying to enhance bulk data collection, gathering information from Canadians to feed into their data centre.
As reported by the Globe & Mail, a “memo from July 19, 2012, released under the Access to Information Act, urged all of CSIS to figure out how to better contribute to holdings of the Operational Data Analysis Centre. This secretive facility, known as ODAC, was first publicly exposed by a scathing Federal Court ruling released in the fall of 2016.”
Government’s around the world, including the United States and the UK, have enhanced domestic surveillance. James Clapper – outgoing American Director of National Intelligence – had initially denied a few years back that America did any domestic spying.
Only when Edward Snowden revealed otherwise did Clapper have to backtrack.
With that in mind, I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that there is already a lot of spying going on here in Canada by our own government.
The focus on domestic spying misses the point. At the same time as some are considering taking more data from Canadians, our military is underfunded and under-appreciated.
In a dangerous world we have left ourselves vulnerable, economically and militarily, putting ourselves at the whim of other foreign nations.
Instead of expanding the power of the already massive state to spy on Canadians, we need to enhance our real military defences and protect the freedoms of our people.
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