Sunday, January 16, 2011

We stand on guard for thee...

The following is a report detailing how the RCMP was following and spying on people who they deemed to be 'security risks', leading up to the Vancouver 2010 olympics. Considering the RCMP had a billion dollars to play with, they pretty much had carte blanche on whoever they decided might be a problem. When the powers-that-be realised that more than half of the population was against the Games, it must have been easy to sniff out these so-called 'security risks'. Especially when people live in a democracy and tend not to worry too much about what they may have said on Twitter or Facebook. To follow them on the web would have been easy and potentially boring. Wouldn't it be so much more fun and interesting to stake out their homes or workplaces? Think of the possibilities. A billion fucking dollars. They could only burn up a fraction of that in helicopter fuel, so the next logical step would be to do the age old thing, when it comes to acting like a totalitarian military, police state: If there is no enemy of the state, manufacture one. Seriously, a handful of dreadlocked, pot smoking activists, or educated citizens with a genuine bone to pick with the government and their irresponsible actions, suddenly become enemies of the state? I guess in a country that is very placated and peaceful, enemies are deemed to be anyone who even questions the government or the police. Just look at the G20 summit that took place in Toronto in June of last year. This event has a few similarities to the Olympics in February 2010. Both events spent a billion dollars of taxpayer funds on security, both events were unpopular with many citizens, due to gross mismanagement of public funds, and both events were marred by protests attended by an obscene number of police and security personnel, that included agents provocateurs that infiltrated the crowd and caused damage to private and public property. 

Open file for Games activist


A Vancouver software developer who opposed the 2010 Winter Olympics is urging fellow activists to apply for their RCMP surveillance files
Joe Bowser, 31, paid no service charge and received 79 pages by mail on Jan. 10 showing how the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit deemed him a “person of interest,” spied on him and monitored his blog, Tweets and Facebook updates.
“They were afraid of me because I had interests in things,” Bowser said. “My conduit of communicating, for giving them the middle finger, was the Internet.”
The file, which said Bowser had no criminal record, includes copies of his Facebook and Twitter pages. A partly censored June 4, 2009 Joint Intelligence Group report mentioned Bowser was an anarchist who volunteered at Spartacus Books and traveled to hacker and computer security conferences. It also mentioned his Tweets about anti-Olympic publications and criticism of an Olympic journalist’s perceived political bias.

Const. Georges El-Azzi’s report detailed his failed Jan. 19, 2010 attempt to interview Bowser after a four-and-a-half-hour stake-out of Bowser’s Nitobi Software workplace. El-Azzi’s superiors decided Feb. 6, 2010 to take no further action.
“V2010 ISU sought to either confirm or disregard individuals as potential threats to the safety and security of Canadians and visitors to Canada,” RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said. “Police have and will continue to use public information or information within the public domain as part of the assessment process.”

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