I haven’t had a lot of time to do much of anything recently, but I did find this CBC story</a>, and the attached bill, and after reading the comments, C-55 scares me a LOT more than C-30, and here is why:
The new bill, C-55, changes the criminal code after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the emergency warrantless wiretapping bill. Now, the new bill in the CBC story says that in an emergency, the police can get a warrantless wiretap in place and intercept the communications of someone in the event of a hostage situation or a kidnapping. In reality, this law can also be used to intercept messages before a mass action such as a protest against a pipeline or a protest at a major international event such as the Olympics or the G20.
Furthermore, it states that the person who was wiretapped must be notified 90 days after the fact that they were wiretapped, except in the case that they have an open investigation against them, where instead it has to stay hidden for three years. This basically means that if there was a protest happening, and if the RCMP were to spy on someone on the day before the protest, they can then do that and sit on this for three years. This is a pretty serious pile of bullshit, and I think C-55 needs to be stopped because just about anything could be considered an emergency by people who run the Joint Intelligence Groups at the RCMP.
Honestly, this bill isn’t good, and it needs to be killed. I don’t think that this will get the same reaction as C-30 mostly because of what people understand as an “emergency”. That being said, it’s much shorter and clear cut than C-30 with the bullshit about the inspectors and mandated backdoors. At least this one is JUST spying.
Last year I requested the documents from the CPC-RCMP regarding the G20 summit to try and figure out how they were processing the complaints against the RCMP and why the G20 cops got off scott free. What I got back was this huge file including presentations from the G20ISU-JIG, as well as interviews with the head of the G8-G20ISU-JIG Rod McCann and others involved with the G8G20ISU. I’ve skimmed the doucments, but the main takeaways that I get from these documents are the following:
- The Commission for Public Complaints is very much in bed with the RCMP: The atmosphere between the investigators and those being investigated appears to be a rather cordial one like they're friends and the fact that the RCMP knows that this is a bullshit formality</li>
- Due to the nature of the police force that was brought in for the G20, the complaints were dispersed to the various police forces involved, absolving the RCMP of any responsibility whatsoever for what happened on the street.</li>
- Apparently there was a complaint of someone's employment being disrupted, but I haven't seen that complaint included.</li> </ul> Overall, the CPC was very supportive of the RCMP and was generally useless to the public. I'm not sure why this complaints commission even exists except to give a false vision of accountability to the RCMP. As usual, the files are below and people are free to go through them and use them as a source for their material.
Last year the ARIN conference happened in Vancouver, and the RCMP’s Integrated Tech Crime Unit showed up to speak up against the adoption of IPv6 and their fears that crypto is too dangerous to give to people since the cops won’t be able to listen in. This logic is completely ridiculous, but they have a document where they attempt to justify exactly this.
So, here’s the latest amount of FUD out of the RCMP. I’m sure that I’m probably going to find more bullshit like this in the future, I’m not really going to bother making a large write-up about this.