This blog was created post-Wikileaks about surveillance in Canada, but very quickly turned into an ATIP/FOI blog about the surveillance state and mostly revolved around the surveillance of myself from 2007 until 2010 in the lead up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This blog exposes the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit's Joint Intelligence Group and the desire that they had to crack down on any and all dissent for the games. While it's very likely this misadventure has permanantly prevented me from ever getting Trusted Traveller status or a NEXUS card, I did manage to not get arrested, which is impressive given the hype.
This blog also covers the connected G20 Integrated Security Unit and its Joint Intelligence Group, and how the information from the Olympic surveillance was used in pre-emptive arrests, and how people with the most benign intentions can wind up being arrested on trumped-up charges.
The requesting of my own personal files, and viewing the files of others, figuring out who was an undercover police officer, etc was something that I did because I felt that I had unfinished business with the V2010ISU-JIG, and that I needed to take one last parting shot at them before moving on by legally publishing as much of their dirty tricks as I possibly could and sharing the stories of surveillance. I still feel that sharing these stories is one of the best ways of combating state surveillance, especially in the wake of the Snowden leaks. That being said, I do feel that my personal story prevents the subject matter from being taken seriously by many people, which is why this project is retiring.
There will be a new project in 2015 that focuses on Access to Information and Transparency, and once I have things more organized, I do plan on posting the information here and elsewhere. However, paroxysms.ca will be setup as an archive only. Eventually the blog will be removed, and the files will be all that remains.