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Happy May Day Comrade, We've been spied on - Open Source Surveillance by the G20ISU-JIG

Open Source in intelligence circles refers to things that are volunteered on the Internet. This includes blog posts such as this one, news stories like what has been featured on the Media Coop website, things posted on ainfos, Twitter, Facebook and anything else that can be found on the internet. The Open Source surveillance can then be used by the JIG to pick their targets. For example, the Open Source work done on the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair caused myself and other vendors from Vancouver and Victoria to be singled out and targeted. The same thing appears to be true with the G8 and G20 activists.

The request I made ended up netting me a vast amount of PDF data. The majority of the data consists of various postings from websites, but there is one extremely large 1000 page file that shows header files and summaries of every site that they visited. What’s interesting to note is that the intelligence gathering didn’t stop after the G20 but went after and covered other activities of the targeted groups. The groups that I requested information on included the following: