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In Solidarity with Byron Sonne...Security Culture: A Handbook for Activists

Byron Sonne’s case is wrapping up, and he’s currently being accused with counselling mischief not committed because he was advocating that people read this zine</a>. Because Censorship is bullshit, I’m going to discuss this book in detail, and explain what this book is about.

The original zine was written as part of the tao security site. The tao collective is a small tech collective based in Toronto, and they offer technical services to groups who work towards social justice. One of the things that tao used to maintain was the tao security site, which was later taken over by the Resist Collective when they split off from Tao and it became the Resist security site</a>. I don’t know for certain who maintained this site, but given the fact that later Resist! would go and support a state collaborator and then make excuses</a>, the hard line in these documents needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

The document itself is extremely old, and is dated. It refers to APEC and the practices of the RCMP and CSIS at these times. Unfortunately, nobody updated these documents in 2003, since that would have been a far better primer for the current Integrated Security Unit/Joint Intelligence Group reality that we currently face. However, there is good discussion about Security Culture and how it can exist in large social movements.

There are some things that stick out, such as the fact that it indicates that the RCMP have to inform the target that they were being listened in on 90 days after the fact. I have no idea whether this is real or not, and it would be good to follow up on it. It also makes other unverifiable claims, such as whether Special “I” can break into people’s homes or not. I still have to investigate whether people found a listening device in their homes, and what they did with the listening device.

It is right about the counter-insurgency model, except that it has been further refined into five phases, instead of just the simple three. In short, when you look at the document, it is very similar to the content on paroxysms.ca. Does that mean that I am counselling mischief by documenting RCMP and CSIS tactics, and using militant language? So far, I don’t believe so.

What’s interesting is that the security site had more information than just the basic information. I don’t want to post it because I feel a lot of it may be outdated or misleading, and that’s the last thing that I’d want. This pamphlet, on the other hand, is pretty accurate information, and despite its dubious origin, is worth the read.