Recently, I noticed that CSIS was reading my blog again, and as usual they got the “We don’t serve this document, go somewhere else to get your intelligence” page. I do this to the RCMP and CSIS for two main reasons:
- Like most Canadians, I don't like being spied on. While Google is surely indexing this page, and this page is for the consuption of the general public it's the general public MINUS the RCMP and CSIS. They can go figure out how to use Google Cache, or have to wait to get home or to an Internet Cafe or something. </li>
- I also think that due to this Lawful Access legislation coming in, if they can see what I do online, I can see what they're doing on infrastructure that I'm paying the bills on. You spy on me, I spy on you!</li>
- It means that I have less files to grep, because CSIS and RCMP will be in my error log</li> </ul> Anyway, unlike the RCMP, I still have to get a legal opinion as to whether or not I'm allowed to give out the IP address of CSIS, or CBSA, but I'm certain that it wouldn't be incredibly hard to find out this information. However, what I can say is that CSIS recently googled the head of their ATIP division, Nicole Jalbert. I decided to Google it myself so that I could see what turns up when you do this, and I found this interesting document on nomus.ca. Since nomus.ca appears to be discontinued, I decided to search on CanLII</a>, and here it is. It's basically a case that went to the Federal Court of Canada discussing whether or not CSIS searched the right records, and whether the person who did the Privacy Act request was entitled to get their documents from CSIS. It turns out that they were not entitled due to the extreme blanket nature of the Privacy Act to give the Government an advantage against any and all threats. The unfortunate reality of this case, and the original 2003 case dealing with a person requesting access to SIS-PPU-045, is that due to its nature as an Exempt Bank for National Security reasons, it's a secret list of all the Canadians that CSIS considers a threat, and furthermore, there's no recourse for any Canadian, even those who were born in Canada, to get access to their own files. It's extremely frustrating to see that this issue has only hit the courts twice since the inception of CSIS, and that in both cases, especially in the case that they cited, which is Dzevad Cemerlic MD vs Canada</a>. I really wish that Dzevad Cemerlic was able to take this case further, because CSIS does have a history of shaking down new immigrants to Canada, and I think that the concept of "Dr. Cemerlic has nothing to fear from CSIS" is bullshit since every Canadian has reason to fear a group that is completely unaccountable, and is known for shaking down new residents to Canada. Given everything we know now about CSIS, would the statement about having nothing to fear be true?