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=”https://paroxysms.ca/uploads/a_089.jpg” alt=”” title=”a_089” width=”480” height=”371” class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-1145” /></a> <img src=”https://paroxysms.ca/uploads/b_0891.jpg” 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.
- B_089.TIF</a></li> </ul> UPDATE</strong>: I was wrong. Film wasn't used after all. Normand sent me a copy of the original file, and here's the 2nd image in full colour: <img src="https://paroxysms.ca/uploads/color_image.jpg" alt="" title="color_image" width="320" height="240" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1165" /></a> OK, so now that I have the full image, let's see the EXIF data:bowserj@parsons:~/Downloads$ exiftool 425_Surv.jpg ExifTool Version Number : 8.60 File Name : 425_Surv.jpg Directory : . File Size : 995 kB File Modification Date/Time : 2012:02:14 11:41:05-08:00 File Permissions : rw-rw-r-- File Type : JPEG MIME Type : image/jpeg Exif Byte Order : Little-endian (Intel, II) Make : Canon Camera Model Name : Canon PowerShot S2 IS Orientation : Horizontal (normal) X Resolution : 180 Y Resolution : 180 Resolution Unit : inches Modify Date : 2008:09:14 09:41:34 Y Cb Cr Positioning : Centered Exposure Time : 1/60 F Number : 3.5 Exif Version : 0220 Date/Time Original : 2008:09:14 09:41:34 Create Date : 2008:09:14 09:41:34 Components Configuration : Y, Cb, Cr, - Compressed Bits Per Pixel : 5 Shutter Speed Value : 1/60 Aperture Value : 3.5 Max Aperture Value : 3.5 Flash : Off, Did not fire Focal Length : 72.0 mm Macro Mode : Normal Self Timer : Off Quality : Superfine Canon Flash Mode : Off Continuous Drive : Single Focus Mode : Single Record Mode : JPEG Canon Image Size : Large Easy Mode : Full auto Contrast : Normal Saturation : Normal Sharpness : 0 Camera ISO : Auto Metering Mode : Evaluative Focus Range : Auto AF Point : Manual AF point selection Canon Exposure Mode : Easy Lens Type : Unknown (-1) Long Focal : 72 mm Short Focal : 6 mm Focal Units : 100/mm Max Aperture : 3.6 Min Aperture : 8 Flash Bits : (none) Focus Continuous : Single AE Setting : Normal AE Image Stabilization : On, Shot Only Zoom Source Width : 648 Zoom Target Width : 2592 Spot Metering Mode : Center Photo Effect : Off Manual Flash Output : n/a Focal Type : Zoom Focal Plane X Size : 23.37 mm Focal Plane Y Size : 17.53 mm Auto ISO : 148 Base ISO : 50 Measured EV : 10.38 Target Aperture : 3.6 Target Exposure Time : 1/60 Exposure Compensation : 0 White Balance : Auto Slow Shutter : Off Shot Number In Continuous Burst : 0 Optical Zoom Code : 128 Flash Guide Number : 0 Flash Exposure Compensation : 0 Auto Exposure Bracketing : Off AEB Bracket Value : 0 Control Mode : Camera Local Control Focus Distance Upper : 27.04 m Focus Distance Lower : 0 m Bulb Duration : 0 Camera Type : Compact Auto Rotate : None ND Filter : Off Self Timer 2 : 0 Flash Output : 0 Num AF Points : 1 Valid AF Points : 1 Canon Image Width : 2592 Canon Image Height : 1944 AF Image Width : 1296 AF Image Height : 242 AF Area Width : 233 AF Area Height : 44 AF Area X Positions : 0 AF Area Y Positions : 0 AF Points In Focus : (none) Primary AF Point : 0 Thumbnail Image Valid Area : 0 0 0 0 Canon Image Type : IMG:PowerShot S2 IS JPEG Canon Firmware Version : Firmware Version 1.00 File Number : 128-2897 Owner Name : Canon Model ID : PowerShot S2 IS Camera Temperature : 24 C Super Macro : Off Date Stamp Mode : Off My Color Mode : Off Firmware Revision : 1.00 rev 5.00 User Comment : Flashpix Version : 0100 Color Space : sRGB Exif Image Width : 2592 Exif Image Height : 1944 Interoperability Index : R98 - DCF basic file (sRGB) Interoperability Version : 0100 Related Image Width : 2592 Related Image Height : 1944 Focal Plane X Resolution : 46080 Focal Plane Y Resolution : 46285.71429 Focal Plane Resolution Unit : inches Sensing Method : One-chip color area File Source : Digital Camera Custom Rendered : Normal Exposure Mode : Auto Digital Zoom Ratio : 4 Scene Capture Type : Standard Compression : JPEG (old-style) Thumbnail Offset : 5120 Thumbnail Length : 4793 Image Width : 2592 Image Height : 1944 Encoding Process : Baseline DCT, Huffman coding Bits Per Sample : 8 Color Components : 3 Y Cb Cr Sub Sampling : YCbCr4:2:2 (2 1) Aperture : 3.5 Digital Zoom : 4.00x Drive Mode : Single-frame Shooting ISO : 74 Image Size : 2592x1944 Lens : 6.0 - 72.0 mm Lens ID : Unknown 6-72mm Scale Factor To 35 mm Equivalent: 5.9 Shooting Mode : Full auto Shutter Speed : 1/60 Thumbnail Image : (Binary data 4793 bytes, use -b option to extract) Circle Of Confusion : 0.005 mm Field Of View : 4.8 deg Focal Length : 72.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 426.6 mm) Hyperfocal Distance : 292.07 m Lens : 6.0 - 72.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35.5 - 426.6 mm) Light Value : 10.0 </div> Excellent. We have a lot more forensic data that we can use to pinpoint this shot. We know that the RCMP Surveillance agent who took this shot used a Canon PowerShot S2 IS</a>, and we also know that this was taken on September 14, 2008. This would have been on a Sunday during the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, which is why I don't recognize the background. It indicates that it was taken at 9:41 AM, so assuming that the RCMP set the time right, this would have been taken in the morning on Day 2 of the Bookfair when I'm heading back in and doing a shift at the table. Here's hoping that others can follow suit and figure out where the people were.
- B_089.TIF</a></li> </ul> UPDATE</strong>: I was wrong. Film wasn't used after all. Normand sent me a copy of the original file, and here's the 2nd image in full colour: <img src="https://paroxysms.ca/uploads/color_image.jpg" alt="" title="color_image" width="320" height="240" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1165" /></a> OK, so now that I have the full image, let's see the EXIF data: