Citizen Action Monitor

Liberal’s proposed “oversight” of spy agencies offers “fig leaf” of protection for rights of Canadians

Oversight committee to be firmly under government control with severely circumscribe oversight powers. No 1707 Posted by fw, June 20, 2016 “Canada’s Liberal government tabled a bill in the House of … Continue reading

June 20, 2016

Lawyer offers Canadians 4 ways to protect themselves from Harper’s anti-terrorism Bill C-51

C-51 enhances state’s spying powers, exposing Canadians to privacy violations and rights abuses No 1288 Posted by fw, March 23, 2015 “And if you follow these simple precautions terrorists will … Continue reading

March 23, 2015

Harper’s Bill C-51 trumps freedom, protects oil industry interests, under guise of confronting terrorism

Dare we hope that Canadians will finally realize that fears of Harper’s C-51 are not exaggerated? No 1270 Posted by fw, February 25, 2015 “With the introduction of Canada’s so-called … Continue reading

February 27, 2015

RCMP report warns of risk to fossil fuel industry from “small but violent-prone faction” of environmental groups

“…the RCMP document treats climate change as a hoax perpetrated by environmentalists,” counters Greenpeace No 1264 Posted by fw, February 18, 2015 “‘There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed … Continue reading

February 18, 2015

Political elites are sacrificing the most vulnerable among us, at home and abroad, for payoffs and political advantage

The ruling class has won. To reclaim power, citizens will have to mobilize, overthrow the corporate state No 1147 Posted by fw, September 16, 2014 So says Chris Hedges — … Continue reading

September 16, 2014

National Energy Board wilfully evasive in answers to inquiries about “spying” on environmental groups

Why should RCMP be gathering intelligence on individuals simply because they oppose pipelines? No 934 Posted by fw, December 17, 2013 “The letter [from Ecojustice] was addressed to NEB’s legal … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Constitutional challenge launched to stop Harper government spying on Canadians

Canadians urged to show their support for this court challenge by BC Civil Liberties Association No 901­­ Posted by fw, October 31, 2013 “Making headlines around the world, the activities of … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Glenn Greenwald speculates on implications of latest of Snowden’s shocking NSA revelations

Most shocking – unapologetic US gov. seems bent on strengthening NSA legislation, disguising it as “reform” No 896 Posted by fw, October 28, 2013 To get a sense of the … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

British poll shows more people thought Snowden’s revelations were “bad rather than good thing”

Public seems to have accepted government collection of personal data a given in today’s world No 889 Posted by fw, October 24, 2013 “A recent [poll] asked respondents whether the British … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Canadians will be surprised, even shocked by scope of Canada’s spying activities, says Glenn Greenwald

Allegations flying that Harper is in cover-up mode, and NDP is complicit. More revelations to come, says Greenwald No 875 Posted by fw, October 09, 2013 “The [Harper] government is … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to turn a democracy into a STASI authoritarian state in 10 easy steps – Juan Cole

“What looks like a democracy is really an authoritarian state ruling on its own behalf and that of 2000 corporations” No 837 Posted by fw, August 22, 2013 To read … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

There’s not much hope for the revival of liberty in the land of “clueless Americans” says Paul Craig Roberts

“The worst criminals of our time are the US and UK governments” No 836 Posted by fw, August 22, 2013 “It is fashionable in the US and UK governments and … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Snowden risked all to expose massive NSA surveillance, but where is the outpouring of public disapproval?

Spilt divisions of public opinion are unlikely to inspire Congress or Obama to change anything No 815 Posted by fw, July 21, 2013 “No attempt has been made by U.S. … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

AlJazeera documentary probes America’s descent into a world of dark secrets and dirty wars

No 805 Posted by fw, July 9, 2013 “Wiretaps without warrants. Surveillance of everyone. Who’s in charge? And who’s watching the watchers? Will anything change? And does this massive spending … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Glenn Greenwald alleges NSA’s goal is the “elimination of privacy worldwide”

It’s a complete joke that there is robust oversight on this surveillance, says Greenwald No 804 Posted by fw, July 8, 2013 “The reason that Edward Snowden came forward, the … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Speculation NSA could pursue climate activists as terrorists not beyond realm of possibility

It’s already known that US government is increasingly classifying peaceful protests as potential terrorist threats No 797 Posted by fw, July 3, 2013 “…the classification of climate activists as terrorists … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Leadnow.ca and OpenMedia.ca call on Canadians to demand Harper government stop secretive spying

“Secretive Canadian government agency is collecting our sensitive private information” No 786 Posted by fw, June 20, 2013 OpenMedia.ca and Leadnow.ca are cohosting this stop-spying petition campaign. Both organizations will … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

NSA known for attacking critics instead of addressing problems they expose — 70s whistleblower

Reflects attempt to deflect attention from Snowden’s revelations of massive government surveillance and secrecy No 777 Posted by fw, June 13, 2013 “When I was blowing the whistle and they … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

If the people do nothing to stop government surveillance we are headed for “turnkey tyranny” – Ed Snowden

“Even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded” No 774 Posted by fw, June 10, 2013 “The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment