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[liberationtech] Canadian phone and Internet surveillance program revealed

David Golumbia dgolumbia at
Mon Jun 10 08:52:49 PDT 2013

the buried lede in all these stories is that cooperation agreements mean
Canadians can spy on US citizens (but are only ever asked about Canadians,
& Canadian pols only talk about protections for their citizens), US can spy
on Canadians (but are only asked about US, & US pols only talk about
protections for their citizens), etc., etc.--esp. for UK, NZ, and Aus-- &
share the info as they like. and "not spy on their own citizens" and (kind
of) tell the truth when they say it. or a half-truth that makes them feel
better and appears to comply with letter of the law.

On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM, Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at> wrote:

> Some news in Canada similar to the NSA revelations in the US:
> Defence Minister Peter MacKay approved a secret electronic eavesdropping
> program that scours global telephone records and Internet data trails –
> including those of Canadians – for patterns of suspicious activity.
> Mr. MacKay signed a ministerial directive formally renewing the
> government’s “metadata” surveillance program on Nov. 21, 2011, according to
> records obtained by The Globe and Mail. The program had been placed on a
> lengthy hiatus, according to the documents, after a federal watchdog agency
> raised concerns that it could lead to warrantless surveillance of Canadians.
> NK
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