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2011 Outstanding ATIP Requests

Here’s what things look like on their face!

  • Approximately 20 Pending ATIP from the RCMP</li>
  • 3 Pending ATIP from CSIS</li>
  • 3 Pending ATIP from DND</li>
  • 3 Pending ATIP for PCO</li> </ul> The reason that the RCMP has far more than the others is the fact that the RCMP has a webpage that I can just print off quickly and send off. Also, due to the numerous JIGs that they set up, combined with the fact that I know what I'm asking, I can get the documents. This isn't the same situation with the Canada Border Services Agency. For the RCMP, I'm going to have to make sure that I don't ask about the V2010ISU or the G20ISU, since I've already swamped Normand Sirois. I will be releasing the RCMP AAR for the V2010ISU shortly, but Normand is the Senior ATIP Analyst assigned to handle all the requests for the Integrated Security Units, and he's the ONLY one that handles it. There are people in Vancouver who handle the data, and help with the redactions, but the fact is that the RCMP ATIP is extremely short staffed, and the more requests that I send in, the less likely that people will be able to get their personal files. Also, I'm thinking that we're getting close to the end of what we can learn from the V2010ISU and G8/G20ISU files until 20 years from now. Of course, I'm more than happy to be proven wrong, but I will be trying to send ATIP requests that will be handled by someone else at the RCMP so that Normand can catch up. Now, as far as CSIS, CSE, CF and the CBSA, they've haven't been under the microscope enough. The fact is that CSIS was active in Vancouver and in Toronto, and I believe that they still are active. However, getting information out of them is a challenge in itself, but there needs to be more scrutiny, especially with the CBSA. The last couple years with the CBSA has seen them redact EVERYTHING, and hide information from the general public that the RCMP and CSIS shares. We've seen the CBSA run an intelligence program, which appears to have analysts who investigate a wide range of situations at the border. The main issue with the CBSA is that they are even less accountable than CSIS. CSIS in theory is accountable to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, but the CBSA is reviewed by no one. Given the amount of power that the average CBSA agent has, combined with the extremely limited training that CBSA appears to have as well as the dismal attitudes of some CBSA agents, the Canadian border is a very tricky place. It's a very disturbing situation when the US DHS is more accountable than the CBSA, let alone CSIS or the RCMP. BTW: I do plan on scanning in the CSIS Reading Room log files. They're huge and must be scanned by hand. I probably will get to it once my document laptop's keyboard comes back in.</em>