Images from the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit - Joint Intelligence Group

Given that it’s 2012, and that very few people use film, I wanted to see the JPEG photos of myself under surveillance. I requested this under the Privacy Act and I got back the following photos in TIFF format: <img src=”” alt=”” title=”a_089” width=”480” height=”371” class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-1145” /></a> <img src=”” alt=”” title=”b_089” width=”400” height=”309” class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-1147” /></a> The first photo is clearly from the 2010 Heart Attack demo. I know this because I remembered what shirt I wore that day. You can tell that it’s before the demo because of the fact that the person next to me appears to be drinking a coffee, most likely from the nearby Starbucks. Furthermore, you can see other protesters with coffee with their faces blocked out so that Normand Sirois, the ATIP Analyst who imported/manipulated the images can protect their identities.

Wait, how did I know that these were not the original source photos? Easy, the first thing I did was look for the metadata associated with the TIFF using tiffinfo: <div class="log">tiffinfo B\ 089.TIF B 089.TIF: Warning, incorrect count for field “DateTime” (25, expecting 20); tag trimmed. TIFFReadDirectory: Warning, B 089.TIF: unknown field with tag 32932 (0x80a4) encountered. TIFF Directory at offset 0x8 (8) Subfile Type: multi-page document (2 = 0x2) Image Width: 2552 Image Length: 3300 Resolution: 300, 300 pixels/inch Bits/Sample: 1 Compression Scheme: LZW Photometric Interpretation: min-is-white FillOrder: msb-to-lsb Orientation: row 0 top, col 0 lhs Samples/Pixel: 1 Rows/Strip: 3300 Planar Configuration: single image plane Page Number: 0-1 Software: ImageGear Version: 11.00.054 DateTime: Mon Feb 13 16:16:43 Artist: 1996-2001 AccuSoft Co., All rights reserved Tag 32932: 0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,2,0,0,0,12,0,0,0,73,71,79,114,105,101,110,116,32,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,2,0,0,0,12,0,0,0,79,105,70,105,108,78,97,109,1,0,0,0,0,2,0,0,0,12,0,0,0,79,105,65,110,84,101,120,116,21,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,2,0,0,0,12,0,0,0,79,105,71,114,111,117,112,0,11,0,0,0,91,85,110,116,105,116,108,101,100,93,0,2,0,0,0,12,0,0,0,79,105,73,110,100,101,120,0,10,0,0,0,50,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0</div> Now, if you look at any of the PDFs that I received from the RCMP, you can tell that AccuSoft is the same software that is used by RCMP ATIP when they release documents as PDF. That tells me that this most likely was created in Ottawa by Normand Sirois so that he could send me this information, or that this was originally scanned in Vancouver. I’m definitely going to be filing a follow-up to this Privacy Act request to see how this one was handled, but there’s clearly some information here.

The practice of using film as opposed to using JPEG images makes sense from a logistical standpoint, as I’m not able to harvest any data out of the EXIF tags to expose where undercover officers were located. This is important for the 2nd image, because the 2nd image is a close-up shot next to a tree and a weird sign. It’s clear that I’m posing in this shot, so it was taken by an undercover police officer. The thing is that I don’t remember this picture being taken by the RCMP, or where in Vancouver this sign would have existed.

Before the Olympics, I wasn’t paranoid enough. I assumed that as long as I didn’t talk about what I was doing in public, and that if I covered my ass by getting a legal opinion that I would be perfectly fine. It seems that this was complete bullshit, and that I wasn’t paranoid enough. I did practice security culture, which is why I’m not in jail now (even though I didn’t do anything)</em>. What’s interesting about this is that there’s no indication by the VPD that the RCMP were even present at Heart Attack.

Attached is the original source material. These images are the original TIFF files that were scanned in by the RCMP.