Posted by Laura Tribe on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 15:53
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Article by CBC News
A federal committee is holding a hearing Wednesday into a complaint that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally spied on peaceful anti-pipeline protesters in B.C., but the public may never know what has occurred behind the hearing's closed doors.
The security intelligence review committee hearing will not be open to the public.
The complaint was filed by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) last year and alleges that CSIS "broke the law by gathering information on the peaceful and democratic activities of Canadians." Read more »
Posted by Laura Tribe on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 15:07
As our friends at BCCLA and Dogwood Initiative continue to fight for our right to speak up in public without fear of being put under surveillance, an important reminder of how out of control our secret courts and surveillance agencies have become.
Today, in downtown Vancouver, in a Canadian federal courtroom, in this country that we assume generally observes the rights of its citizens, secret hearings began to investigate complaints against the federal government’s security agencies spying on local environmental and community groups.
I can’t help but think, given the above, that as a country we just crossed some kind of line. Not the one as brutal as Orwell imagined, but something more mundane, more insinuative.
Maybe “Nixonian” is the right word. It’s the one of enemies lists, of law-abiding citizens feeling the impulse to look over their shoulders. Of government as something to be more than just angry with, or frustrated with, but to fear.
OTTAWA—A civil liberties group says it’s being kept in the dark as a federal watchdog begins looking at whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service went too far in eyeing environmental activists.
CSIS has disclosed very little information heading into three days of Security Intelligence Review Committee hearings about the complaint from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, said Paul Champ, lawyer for the association.