(Sorry, this is an explanatory post. I’ll post more document releases here soon. I figure that I’d explain who Public Safety was in case it wasn’t clear to the reader.) </em>
There is something that I just realized when writing is that people don’t understand which agencies are assigned with the bullshit that is “National Security”. We hear all about the US Department of Homeland Security, and how the DHS keeps trying to keep the “Homeland” safe from any threats foreign or domestic. In Canada, we have Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. When I first heard about Public Safety Canada</a>, I thought it was completely stupid, partly due to the fact that the first Conservative to be the head of Public Safety was Stockwell Day. However, the more I look at it, the more evil this ministry is.
Public Safety Canada was created after September 11th. Before then, it was the Solicitor General’s office, which is similar to the UK Solicitor General. Back then, it was clear that the Solicitor General was supposed to be about enforcing the law, even though it did have CSIS under its control. However, after September 11th, the Canadian Government re-tooled the position turning it into the PSEPC and abolishing the Solicitor General’s Office in 2005.
At this point, the department ended up with these departments reporting to it:
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)</li>
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)</li>
- Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)</li>
- Corrections Service of Canada (Prisons)</li>
- National Parole Board</li> </ul> It seems rather strange that Canada's TSA, CATSA, isn't under their control. Instead, they are under the control of Transport Canada. At any rate, the Public Safety also handles Canada's Terrorist List, the Canadian Cyber Incidence Response Centre and numerous other tasks that we don't really know a lot about. It's also the ministry that's trying to pass the Lawful Access legislation. There is not an agency in the government that I dislike more than Public Safety Canada, since they are the ones who run the police state in this country. I've also tried to request information from them in the past, and they have given me the run-around, since their ATIP analysts seem to only work from 10 AM to 3 PM Eastern, it means that anyone who is trying to get information out of them in BC is pretty much shit out of luck if they don't contact them before noon that day. Furthermore, CSIS, when looking to cover their tracks so that they don't look like they're CSIS, will claim to work for Public Safety Canada. This is old practice, since according to the book Covert Entry</a> by Andrew Mitrovica indicates that before this time they were claiming to be under the Solicitor General. We've seen this in the past with my first real response from CSIS being sent from a Bill Veck from PSEPC. This didn't work so well because CSIS managed to send it to the wrong address and FedEx had to call me about the package (which I had no clue about) and said it was from PSEPC (which made me think it was a legal threat of some kind) before I found out it was just my CSIS Privacy Act response. I personally don't think that Bill Veck really exists. At any rate, it's important for people to watch the activities of Public Safety Canada, because they bring out the Ominibus Crime Bill, the Lawful Access legislation and other bills which are designed to "keep Canadians safe" from themselves by locking all political opponents and those who are different from Mr. Vic Towes</a>, the current Minister who is responsible for this portfolio. It's clear that when you look at his past, that's where we are heading and that Stephen Harper made sure to put someone who had his values in that seat in Cabinet. That being said, I should remind the reader that the Liberals have also been doing much of this work as well, so it doesn't matter who runs in the Election, the state wins and the people as usual lose.