One of the first ATIP requests that I’ve gotten was about this thing that appeared all over my files, namely the IIF. I recently tracked down two of my old ATIPs, and I got the definition of what the IIF is from Normand Sirois:
IIF stands for Information Intake Form. The IIF was designed to handle unsolicited information received and collected usually from the public via: telephone tip-line (hot-line), walk-in, email, fax, or regular mail. The IIF is used to manage and track this information collected from a person, usually referred to as complainant or witness, such as the information provider’s name, address, and telephone numbers, as well as details of the complaint and the investigator’s comments.</em>
Unsolicited information is the key to this definition. This is information that the RCMP did not seek out themselves. Instead, someone decided that they would keep track of me and that they would report my every move to the RCMP. This could be someone who believed that I was a real threat to the Olympics, but far more likely, it’s one of my many enemies. When I think of who were enemies between 2008 and now, I think of the following people:
- Pro-Olympic co-workers</li>
- People on the FreeGeek Board of Directors or Staff who didn't like me</li>
- People who didn't like the Olympic Resistance Network for whatever reason</li>
- Private Security Guards</li> </ul> So, if someone had a bone to pick with me over the past few years, and I'm certain that there were many, they could then go to the RCMP, and an IIF form would be filled out indicating what happened. One example of the IIF is IIF 580, where it seems that someone pulled up my blog and decided to report it to the police. The blog post is actually extremely benign and just tells people of my vacation plans. Another example is IIF 586, which is a printout of a Facebook page. Then there is IIF 692, which is yet another Facebook printout, which is my twitter feed from Vacation, where you can see a picture of the beer I was drinking at Montreal Airport.</a> IIF 801 and IIF 1830 are also both Twitter and Facebook. Did I snitch on myself? It's possible, but its most likely some people on the Analytics team were looking to justify their existence and filled out all these IIF forms and tasks. It looks like they got around 2000 tips from the public during the Olympics based on the fact that the last IIF I have on file is 1830. I haven't received the full document, because according to Normand, this document is too big for them to just send via e-mail. However, this leads to a whole new, and disturbing trend, which is Vancouver's ability to snitch on their fellow person. In other cities, people would show solidarity, in Vancouver, they will snitch you out to the VPD and the RCMP it seems. This appears to be a common trait across English Canada, and I have no idea whether it's cultural. I'll have more information on this in the next two weeks.