MetaATIP: Enter CSIS

Earlier this week, I got a strange call from FedEx. The call went something like this:

Them: Hello, is this Joey Me: Hey, this is Joe Them: Oh sorry, I’m so-and-so with FedEx, we tried to deliver your package to your old address at {old-address}, but it appears that you have moved, so we need your new address Me: I’m not expecting any package, who is it from? Them: It says it’s from Bill Veck at PSEPC, from Ontario Me: Who? Them: PSEPC Me: Send it to my work </em>

So, after a quick google search, it turns out that PSEPC is Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. This is the ministry that is now in charge of all the Anti-Terrorism stuff, the RCMP, CSIS, etc. Anyway, I wanted to know who Bill Veck was, and why the hell Bill Veck would be sending me any packages. I did a quick Google Search and found his profile on Linked In.

<img src=”” alt=”” title=”BillVeck” width=”300” height=”108” class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-298” /></a>

I have no idea what “Head” is in the Government of Canada, but this looks downright suspicious. Calling the government and demanding head would probably be considered sexual harassment. The following day, I get the package, and low and behold, it’s my CSIS ATIP request.

This request doesn’t expose anything other than these facts:

  1. They did search for my records</li>
  2. It took them 19 days to process this request</li>
  3. The records do exist, or it took them 19 days to do nothing! I think the records do exist, and they decided that they weren't releasable.</li> </ol> The thing with CSIS is that I didn't get any notice prior to these documents that they were coming like the other agencies. They just showed up. Furthermore, even though I requested the documents from my current address, my old address was used by CSIS. I hope that this problem doesn't continue, since I do plan on requesting more documents from the service in the future. There's a grand total of 19 pages of mostly empty paper. I was thinking of calling the CSIS ATIP line and asking what was going on with this request, however since this is a mostly vanity request I decided not to. It's good to know that this tactic actually works, and I do plan on trying it with the CBSA, when I get more meaningful records back from them. I will give an update on this in the next post. metacsis.pdf</a> - SHA1SUM: b00fd3768fd076354b83089afd5e0d9e112e65ff