In the new world of transparency, we can see who is asking what to the government and we can get answers. In the past, ATIP was a competition between different journalists trying to get answers, but now we have the list of documents received. For example, for December 2011, we can see the documents that we received from the RCMP</a>, and it looks like there’s more people asking for documents about both the V2010ISU and the G8/G20ISU.
At any rate, here’s the ones that I’m going to try to get a copy of:
- A-2011-05266 - A copy of all guidelines, instructions, manuals or orders provided to RCMP liaison officers assigned to contact and liaise with protesters and protest groups planning activities on Parliament Hill</li>
- A-2011-03840 - Records regarding "kettling" of individuals at Queen and Spadina on June 27th, 2010</li>
- A-2011-03841 - Copy of the records regarding the dispersal of individuals from Queen's Park on June 26th, 2010</li> </ul> There are a few that I'm surprised about. For example, anything from before 1984 that involves surveillance will not be with the RCMP, and will most likely be in the CSIS fond at Library and Archives Canada. There's apparently a reference department that you can call to see if the topic exists before filing an ATIP. I recently received a call from the LAC ATIP explaining how to access the CSIS fond, which explains why I've been failing at getting information from the LAC until now. What is also frustrating is the fact that it's hard to tell what some of these requests are about. For example, one of the ones that I got denied is described as this on the list: "All information regarding the use of Agent Provocateurs by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit and the Joint Intelligence Unit"</em> That's not the full text of the request, the request was actually this: "All information regarding the use of agent provocateurs by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit and the Joint Intelligence Unit. This is based on hte following exchange between Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and their press release located at the URL: www.bccla.org/pressreleases/0912ISU.pdf</a>"</em> This means that any information that was sent to help the ATIP analyst is stripped from this request, so you end up with requests like this: "All records, including but not limited to, reports, briefing notes, correspondence, emails (with attachments), memos, etc, on the PIIT or Primary Intelligence Investigation Team from January 1, 2007 to present"</em> OK, so which PIIT are we referring to? Both the V2010ISU and the G8/G20IOSU had a PIIT. We know that some correspondance was released, but without knowing which PIIT, this isn't the most helpful request. Still, this is very useful, since it means that it's much easier to fact check stories that we see in the media to see whether or not they are accurate. Part of the reason that I include the ATIP response is so that what I write can be verified.