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Civil Liberties and Privacy The Missing Women Fiasco. British Columbia Corruption
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Thursday, February 23 at 19:52 (5,014 reads)

The big news in B.C. is about the looting of B.C. Hydro by a government determined to destroy it, and about Christy Clark, premier, lying about he law courts budget.  The "Missing Women" Inquiry is secondary news.  Or is it ...?

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Civil Liberties and Privacy U.S. Denies Prince Of Pot Marc Emery Transfer To Canadian Prison
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, April 26 at 21:30 (3,309 reads)

By Ian Mulgrew

Canada's so-called "Prince of Pot" has been told he won't be allowed a prison transfer and must serve his entire sentence in the United States.

Kirk Tousaw, a Canadian lawyer for Vancouver resident Marc Emery, said American authorities told his client in a letter received Friday that the U.S. government refused his transfer on April 6 due to the "seriousness of the offence" and "law enforcement concerns."

He received the news in a federal holding institution in Oklahoma awaiting transfer to a prison in Mississippi.

Emery, who had been imprisoned in Georgia, pleaded guilty May 24 in Seattle to selling marijuana seeds to Americans through his Vancouver-based catalogue company and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Tousaw said he can re-apply for transfer to a Canadian institution again for two years.

Emery's wife Jodie was disheartened.

"There's nothing we can do at this point beyond asking for a presidential pardon in the U.S., which I'm going to start campaigning for, actually, because I have to do whatever I can to get Marc home," she said Friday. "We're both devastated to hear this news. The idea of him spending the next three or four years in the U.S. federal prison system for political activism financed by seed sales — sales that now happen legally across America every day — is sickening and heartbreaking,"

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Civil Liberties and Privacy U.S. Dictating North American Air Travel Security
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Monday, April 11 at 21:41 (3,077 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

Without much fanfare and overshadowed by Canadians heading to the polls on May 2 for the fourth election in seven years, a controversial bill that would further comply with U.S. aviation security practices became law. The measure supports plans for a North American security perimeter and illustrates how the Canadian government is more interested in appeasing U.S. interests than protecting the privacy and freedoms of its own citizens.

In November of 2007, the Conservative government expressed concerns over privacy implications associated with the U.S. Secure Flight Program and filed objections with the Department of Homeland Security. They were urging an exemption on a measure that would require Canadian airlines to turn over information on passengers flying over the U.S. en route to other destinations. Despite their grievances being dismissed, they eventually caved in to U.S. demands. In a move to further bring Canada in line with American air travel security rules, Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Aeronautics Act was introduced in Parliament on June 17 of last year. With little media attention, it passed through the House of Commons on March 2, 2011, by a vote of 246 to 34. On March 23, it received royal assent and became law. Under Bill C-42, Canadian airlines are required to send traveler information through the Secure Flight Program 72 hours before departure. The Transportation Security Administration checks the data against security watch lists which could result in passengers receiving extra screening or even being barred from boarding their flight.

In an Action Alert from December 2010, the Council of Canadians described how Bill C-42, “requires that a large amount of your personal information be transmitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security even if your flight only passes through U.S. airspace. It's not just name, gender, age and destination as government sources claim. Any and all information contained in your travel records will be transmitted to U.S. security officials, who may use it for whatever purposes they see fit.” It goes on to say, “Canada has made many steps to harmonize airline security with U.S. programs but none has been good enough to prevent ever more draconian demands. Our severely flawed made-in-Canada ‘no fly’ list was supposed to prevent the imposition of the U.S. list on Canada. But the benchmark has moved again to the point the U.S. must issue travel permissions to Canadians.” The Conservative government has failed to sufficiently safeguard the privacy of Canadians. Personal information collected could be used for immigration, as well as law enforcement purposes and could also be shared with other countries. Bill C-42 surrenders Canadian authority to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Civil Liberties and Privacy Questions Persist About Provocateurs At SPP Summit
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Sunday, April 03 at 15:18 (2,969 reads)

As protester is acquitted of charges from 2007 Montebello protest, questions resurface about police

By Tim Groves

A Quebec court ruling in January 2011 found police acted illegally in trying to shut down a protest in Montebello, Quebec, in 2007, when they arrested two women on a downtown street. This ruling has led to renewed calls for an inquiry into another police action—one now well-known, thanks to Youtube—at that same protest: the alleged use of undercover officers to incite violence.

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Civil Liberties and Privacy Report Details ‘Shocking’ Abuses At G20 Summit
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, March 01 at 10:19 (3,412 reads)

by Colin Perkel

A full-scale public inquiry is needed in light of the widespread and violent trampling of civil rights by police at last summer’s $1-billion G20 summit in Toronto, a new report concludes.

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Civil Liberties and Privacy G20 Officer: ‘This Ain’T Canada Right Now’
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Sunday, January 30 at 15:31 (1,956 reads)

By Nicole Baute

A G20 incident caught on video that shows a York Regional Police officer telling a protester he is no longer in Canada and has no civil rights is under investigation.

The video shows several activists standing outside of the G20 security perimeter at King St. W. and University Ave. on June 27 while their bags are searched by a group of police officers. The mood is pleasant until a young man in a black T-shirt and cap refuses to hand over his backpack.


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Civil Liberties and Privacy Canada Surrenders Sovereignty And Privacy To U.S. Secure Flight Program
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, December 07 at 21:37 (2,382 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

Canada is under pressure from U.S. officials to further comply with American security rules which in some cases, threatens its sovereignty and the privacy of its citizens. As a result of the war on terrorism, the U.S. government now has more power to restrict air travel and is not only dictating North American, but also international security measures. 

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Civil Liberties and Privacy The RCMP. The BC Rail Scandal And The FLQ
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Friday, November 26 at 08:50 (3,295 reads)

 The RCMP.  The BC Rail Scandal Basi, Virk, and Basi Case.  The RCMP. The War Measures Act of 1970 and the FLQ. Two stories. A single thread connects them.

 36 hours after the War Measures Act was imposed on October 16, 1970, I was at a party a few blocks away from the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.  Many of the people present were NDP – most present were going to the protest demonstration the next day, a Sunday, against the imposition of the War Measures Act (the WMA). 

 Organizing had gone on, and Conservative, NDP, Creditiste (Quebec Social Credit) MPs were anxious to be at the protest, as well as many, many others.  The day before, I had been on the phone to Eric Neilson, Conservative MP for the Yukon.  He had trouble hearing me.  “This phone line is terrible”, he said.  “I can hardly hear you. I wonder what’s the matter.”

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Civil Liberties and Privacy Lawful Access Legislation Would Reshape Canada’S Internet
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Saturday, November 20 at 14:35 (2,085 reads)

By Michael Geist

The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities goes back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian networks along with additional legal powers to access surveillance and subscriber information.

The so-called lawful access initiatives stalled in recent years, but earlier this month the government tabled its latest proposal with three bills that received only limited attention despite their potential to fundamentally reshape the Internet in Canada.

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Civil Liberties and Privacy G20 Riots: Is The Black Bloc A Police Psyops Group?
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, June 30 at 14:00 (2,761 reads)

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Civil Liberties and Privacy G20 Brings The Green Zone To Toronto
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Thursday, June 24 at 08:12 (2,113 reads)

Excessively armed thugs parading through the streets, military checkpoints at traffic lights, police helicopters hovering over the city, a long chain-link fence around the center of downtown, secret snipers on rooftops, urban warfare weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs, sound canons; this is not the sight of the infamous Green Zone in blood-drenched Baghdad, but a picture of what downtown Toronto will look like this weekend when the city hosts the world’s leading heads of states, and government officials.

They are in Toronto for the G20 conference, where they plan to discuss a global economic order, and new austerity measures for heavily indebted nations. It is expected that U.S. President Barack Obama will fearmonger about Iran’s nuclear capabilities and motives, just as he did at the last G20 meeting that took place in Pittsburgh in September, 2009.

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Civil Liberties and Privacy Towering Arrogance
Contributed by BC Mary on Friday, June 04 at 08:13 (2,292 reads)

 After 4 years of delays and postponements, British Columbians were not prepared for June 1, 2010 when another (apparently preventable) delay was called in the BC Rail Corruption Trial, as soon as the court was in session. How wise is this strange new judge? 

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Civil Liberties and Privacy Gangsterism 2.0: Global Government Gone Wild At G20 In Toronto
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, June 01 at 08:30 (2,279 reads)

t month, downtown Toronto will morph into a full-scale battlefield, with the front lines clearly defined, as Canadians hit the streets to protest G8/G20 leaders, and to stand in fellowship with the people of the world in the global war for economic and political justice. It is expected that there will be 11,000 police officers, private security guards, and intelligence agents, to assist and protect the gangsters of governments who pose to the public as statesmen and diplomats. In April, Colin Freeze of The Globe and Mail reported that the country’s military will also be on hand to defend so-called world dignitaries, saying “unspecified numbers of Canadian soldiers and spies will also work behind the scenes to help thousands of police safeguard the meetings.”

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Civil Liberties and Privacy The Toronto G20 Police State Crackdown
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, May 25 at 08:10 (2,476 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

It appears as if the G20 summit in Toronto is shaping up to be a showdown between anarchists and police. Caught in the middle of the security circus are local residents. If there is violence and property damage, peaceful protesters will also be demonized. The recent bombing of a bank, perpetrated by a so-called anarchist group, has given an excuse to enact more police state measures during the summit. The curious timing of the attack emphasizes the threat of terrorism and further justifies the huge security apparatus being assembled. 

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Civil Liberties and Privacy Police State Canada 2010 And The G20 Summit
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Monday, May 03 at 09:29 (2,257 reads)

by Dana Gabriel

The G20 summit will be held on June 26-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre preceded by the G8 summit which will take place in Huntsville, Ontario. The secretive meetings will be attended by world leaders, finance ministers, central bank governors, along with thousands of other delegates. It will be the largest security event in Canadian history exceeding the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Downtown Toronto will be turned into a security fortress with fences, barricades, checkpoints and street closures thus greatly affecting local residents.

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