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    Interesting.

    Seems like a huge red flag to me that under the guise of an official investigation, they potentially have the highest level people, not fighting, but protecting their organized crime connections. Maybe some of these people are the ones that actually need to be tracked and monitored now.



    Surveillance of La Presse reporter a 'serious attack on freedom of the press in Canada'
    Questions raised after columnist Patrick LagacÚ surveilled by Montreal police with 24 separate warrants
    By Benjamin Shingler, CBC News Posted: Nov 01, 2016 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 01, 2016 10:16 AM ET



    The case of a Montreal newspaper columnist whose smartphone was tracked by Montreal police is part of a troubling trend emerging in Quebec and across the country, freedom of expression advocates say.

    La Presse reported Monday at least 24 surveillance warrants were issued for Patrick LagacÚ's iPhone this year at the request of the police special investigations unit. That section is responsible for looking into crime within the police force.

    The warrants were used to track LagacÚ's whereabouts using the GPS chip in his iPhone. The warrants also allowed police to obtain the identities of everyone he spoke to or exchanged text messages with during that time.

    "The new powers that the police have to survey Canadians are absolutely horrifying, they're basically limitless, there's very little oversight, and when that happens the system will be ripe for abuse, and this is just an example of how it's abused," said Tom Henheffer, executive director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

    "What's even more worrying about it is the fact that this is a justice of the peace who actually authorized this."
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    To me, this was a great pretext to try to investigate a reporter who has done numerous stories in the past that have embarrassed the service,'' he said.
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...wden-1.3829383

    Montreal police spied on La Presse journalist Patrick LagacÚ


    Some of the warrants also allowed investigators to remotely activate the GPS on his iPhone, meaning his movements could be followed in real time

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/...ournalist.html
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    This was a massive invasion and sets a scary precedent. The worst part is, the police will investigate themselves so there is no oversight. I guess the journalist or paper could sue, but that's about it.
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    A provincial court in NFLD last week issued an arrest warrant for an independent journalist embedded with protestors at the Muskrat Falls site. The RCMP are attempting all manner of strong arm tactics to have a Vice journalist release his source information. While the incident sited by KC involves a major newspaper I think we are going to see further attacks on journalists by courts and police as we move into an era of new/independent media.

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    Wow. Worse than the EPS trying to catch Diotte in the act of drunk driving.
    Let's make Edmonton better.

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    6 reporters spied on by Quebec provincial police
    Cellphones of journalists tracked in 2013 following complaint from union boss
    By Sabrina Marandola, CBC News Posted: Nov 02, 2016 4:27 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 02, 2016 8:29 PM ET

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...ying-1.3833507

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    A provincial court in NFLD last week issued an arrest warrant for an independent journalist embedded with protestors at the Muskrat Falls site. The RCMP are attempting all manner of strong arm tactics to have a Vice journalist release his source information. While the incident sited by KC involves a major newspaper I think we are going to see further attacks on journalists by courts and police as we move into an era of new/independent media.
    Good point. Can't anyone with a blog essentially say they are media?

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    Gotta keep tabs on those biased left wing journalists...

    It is a no win for the Montreal Police. They have never been popular and their are major issues with corruption and police tactics.

    For the past two years, police in Montreal have been protesting their pensions and are out of uniform and paste signs on their cars that damage the paint.

    People think that they are very unprofessional and acting like children.

    http://globalnews.ca/news/2226178/mo...-stay-for-now/

    http://www.mtlblog.com/2015/07/montr...o-matter-what/

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...eral-1.2862069


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    Get used to it people. It's only going to get a lot worse.

    Big Brother isn't just something from a 1940's book anymore, it's already here. It's just in it's infancy.

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    Yes but little brother is looking back and has a cell phone recording everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Yes but little brother is looking back and has a cell phone recording everything.
    and so they are also getting all the little brother data too.



    CSIS metadata breach: Ralph Goodale 'pursuing criticism' with spy agency management

    'I take very seriously the explicit finding … that CSIS had failed in its duty,' public safety minister says
    By Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: Nov 04, 2016

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/csis...each-1.3836605

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    I have no problem whatever with the federal agencies tailing reporters, or anyone else. They have always done it, and they always will.

    What I have a real problem with is the hypocritical shedding of tears for liberty by people whose actions and words have proved they deserve very little. That means you.

    Terror, terror, yadda yadda. Ya wants your security -- yar welcome to have it.

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