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[liberationtech] Canadian phone and Internet surveillance program revealed

Travis McCrea me at
Mon Jun 10 14:25:14 PDT 2013

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The Pirate Party of Canada has issued a release on this, due to
Canadians interest in themselves we are focusing on Canadian
surveillance of Canadians rather than foreign cooperation.

David Golumbia wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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.
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