Pro</strong>minent Func</strong>tionaries of the Communist Party, or PROFUNC</a> as it was called was a secret operation that was created by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to round up Communist Party members and their sympathizers. It was first revealed by the Globe and Mail on January 24th, 2000, with the Communist Party of Canada issuing a statement</a>. (Of course, nobody gave a shit because it was the Communist Party of Canada.) </em>The CBC later did more research and uncovered it with a Fifth Estate special, complete with actors portraying the RCMP as they drove up in 1950s era automobiles to peoples homes in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
If you are in Canada, you can watch the Fifth Estate episode</a>. There are a few things that are interesting in the episode, namely how the reporters who researched this keep implying that there is a new list. They imply this, because of a memo that they received that they don’t mention in the episode itself. Here’s a sinister excerpt from that memo</a>:
“As you are are already aware, the Security Service has, for a number of years, been attempting to have the PROFUNC program replaced by a more flexible system, specifically the Special Identification Program.”</em>
This is of course, from 1983, with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, or CSIS created a year after. However, it would be naive to believe that the “Special Identification Program” didn’t still exist. This is clearly what was used to identify people who had any sort of radical politics in this country, either by the RCMP, by CSIS, or by other government organizations which either work independently or together as an Integrated Security Unit that was seen during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver or the G20 in Toronto where activists would get visits from many groups in the alphabet soup, including the RCMP, CSIS, Canada Border Services Agency and of course the local police departments.
At this point it’s crystal clear to me that I’ve been on this list for quite a while, so of course I’ve done what many people have done before me and I’ve tried to request my files from the RCMP and CSIS. From the RCMP, I requested the all information regarding my activities from November 2007 to March 2010, while I attempted to request EVERYTHING from CSIS. I got notification from a “Sgt. Swim” that my request would be processed, however since I wasn’t charged with any crime, just harassed by the Vancouver 2010 Joint Intelligence Group (V2010ISU-JIG), I’m not holding my breath.
I also got a response back from CSIS, namely a form letter from their ATIP Coordinator Nicole Jalbert, indicating that I filled out the form wrong. They sent me a copy of the 2008 Info Source which indicated the proper Info Bank I should query for my Privacy Request. The information that I used</a> indicates that there are two main banks of personal information that radicals should be concerned with, and only one of which is an Exempt Bank. If your political activities happened before the creation of CSIS, then you want to request the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Records. These records consist of information on individuals who came to the attention of the RCMP Security Service. The number for that bank is SIS PPU 015.
Of course, since I am not THAT old, I had to request from the bank that contains this information:
Individuals suspected of espionage or sabotage against Canada or the interests of Canada; individuals involved in foreign influenced activities within or relating to Canada that are clandestine or deceptive or involve a threat to any person; individuals involved in activities within or related to Canada directed toward the use of serious acts of violence to achieve a political, religious or ideological objective within Canada or a foreign state; or individuals whose activities are directed toward the unlawful covert undermining, or the overthrow by violence, of the constitutionally established government system in Canada; or any other activities described in the definition of “threats to the security of Canada” at section 2 of the CSIS Act; individuals identified relating to a national security concern, the defence of Canada or the conduct of the international affairs of Canada; and individuals who are confidential sources of information.</em>
Anyway, the number for the CSIS Investigational Records is SIS PPU 045. I sent in for my files back on the 2nd week of December this year. I don’t expect to hear anything back. Because, in the words of the ATIP Coordinator Nicole Jalbert</a>:
“Secrecy is intrinsic to security intelligence matters,”</em>
This description sounds rather ominous. They do refer to the CSIS act, but I found something really interesting in the CSIS act.
These days, despite the paragraph in the CSIS act that excludes lawful protest, CSIS has had a long history of harassing activists. While CSIS is not law enforcement, CSIS is the domestic spy agency and is known for waiting around in dark alleys for activists. They’re clearly not the only one, since I can tell you first hand that the RCMP will wait outside your work if the suspect that you have ties to political groups that they do not like.
While the Joint Intelligence Group is the enemy of anyone who likes freedom, and while it consists of bottom-feeding thugs from across Canada who go out of their way to make vague threats and intimidate people (i.e. “We know what you and your little friends are planning, and if you break the law we’re holding you personally responsible”), the thing is that the Joint Intelligence Group doesn’t start with no leads. While I’m personally not a hard person to find when I’m not trying to hide, for some reason I doubt that V2010ISU needed to use Google, and most likely had a dossier on me that goes back to when my picture was taken for a protest during my University Days.
Furthermore, we know how they tracked down other people</a>, and we know what happened to people such as Byron Somme, who was a security researcher looking to poke the G20 ISU in the eye, and Alex Hundert, who was pre-emptively arrested because of his political beliefs, along with many other well known radicals in Canada.
The “Special Identification Program” certainly exists, as many people involved during the 2010 Olympics and the G20 in Toronto can surely attest to, furthermore, we know that many of the people involved in these events are still being watched and investigated, whether or not they are still politically active. Now, more than ever, it’s important for people who are engaged in any sort of radical activity to keep their secrets secret.