Spy Hunting: The Creepy new CSIS Recruitment Ads
It appears that today, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is launching a new campaign to recruit more people to spy on any Canadian suspected of being a terrorist. This new campaign tries to make it look exciting and features videos in various Canadian cities. We’re going to focus on the first one that I saw, which features the job of Intelligence Analyst.
Remember earlier when I did a request about retention</a>? I didn't ask whether the Skytrain has the ability to do real time video monitoring, but I believe that it does.
So here's where it gets interesting. If you look at 0:17 in the video, you can see the "Victory Food Market" and the "Coffees" sign. This shows that the video was shot on Hastings and Cambie, near Victory Square at the "Bean Around the World Coffees" shop in the Flack Block. Apparently this person gets out at Waterfront, crosses at Burrard and eventually meets up with the Head of a Terrorist Cell. Then he waits for a Bus that DOES NOT EXIST!
Anyway, with the IO giving the potential snitch a card that ends the video. This seems to be a mash up of a bunch of random crap from various files, but the beginning with people spying on the skytrain hits close to home for obvious reasons. Even though the files were obtained from the RCMP, CSIS was part of the V2010ISU-JIG and CSIS is definitely active spying on activists in Canada.
Apparently, intelligencematters.ca now just redirects to csiscareers.ca, however it seems that this is a more intelligent move because intelligencematters.ca didn't have a valid SSL cert.
It's critically important to keep CSIS out of communities and to not help these people in any way possible. Unlike in other countries, the intelligence agency in Canada is either viewed as a joke or as fucking creepy if it is even known at all. I could list all the reasons why one shouldn't work with CSIS, but I think the People's Commission</a> has a good primer on this.
It's pretty clear that I'm going to be filing an ATIP request to find out who made the video, how much it cost, and where the scripts came from, and whether they are based on real cases. If CSIS wanted to not look creepy, they failed in a very big way.