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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA 177

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the not-you-guys-too dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news that even Canada is getting its hands dirty in the international dragnet fiasco. From the article: "The leaked NSA document being reported exclusively by CBC News reveals Canada is involved with the huge American intelligence agency in clandestine surveillance activities in 'approximately 20 high-priority countries.' ... Wesley Wark, a Canadian security and intelligence expert at the University of Ottawa, says the document makes it clear Canada can take advantage of its relatively benign image internationally to covertly amass a vast amount of information abroad. 'I think we still trade on a degree of an international brand as an innocent partner in the international sphere,' Wark said. 'There's not that much known about Canadian intelligence.'"
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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

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  • Re:Enough (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @06:26AM (#45648781)

    Blaming one scapegoat will not resolve the deep deep deep corruption in our governing system(s). Short of a complete revolution with heads rolling, it would be futile and would only serve the propagandists.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @06:40AM (#45648835)

    Nationality most offended by this news: Canadian
    Nationality least surprised by this news: Canadian

    As long as Steven Harper and his "Conservative" cronies have power, surely the world knows that Canada has gone over to the dark side. There is still good here ... but it sure as hell isn't to be found amongst the ruling party. Shortcomings in our political system allow a government that has always been opposed by the majority of Canadians to hold the reigns of government.

  • Re:Don't. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DarkOx (621550) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @06:50AM (#45648877) Journal

    There isn't anything in any of these revelations many had not guessed or spotted. There were and still are tons of people who just wanted to live in denial about it. Snodens stuff is making that hard for them as they can't just dismiss the people saying it as tinfoil hat clad conspiracy nuts, with actual evidence floating about.

  • Re:Old News (Score:2, Insightful)

    by X.25 (255792) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @07:17AM (#45648965)

    Yeah, I don't see why there's so much shock. "US ally assists US spy agency in spying." Wow. My flabber is truly gasted.

    What they are doing is not spying.

    I surely hope you understand that. If you do not, then no amount of talk will explain you the difference.

    You have to understand it for yourself.

  • Re:Enough (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @07:36AM (#45649045)

    Time to start encrypting everything by default.

    Can we please start with []?

  • Re:Enough (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @08:38AM (#45649269)

    What's funny is that he outranks the president. Look what happened when Clinton lied to congress... Then Clapper... and Clapper lied about important shit, many times.

    Yes, but Clinton lied about sex!

  • Re:Old News (Score:4, Insightful)

    by s.petry (762400) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @11:42AM (#45650831)

    While perhaps funny, it misses the point. The story here, and with Germany, and with Britain, and with Italy, etc.. is not about those countries spying. The story is about these countries colluding to oppress their own citizens by said spying. The oppression/suppression of OWS is a verifiable example, and there are numerous stories from the UK and Germany that show how law enforcement used the same type of data to squash dissent.

    Intelligence gathering on foreign countries is not a shock, and not a surprise. Nobody sane would argue that we can't monitor what happens in the world. It's what we do with that intelligence that matters, and all of the supposedly "Free" countries have failed in their responsibilities to their own citizens.

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- Robert Heinlein