New Snowden docs show U.S. spied during G20 in Toronto
The briefing notes, stamped "Top Secret," show the U.S. turned its Ottawa embassy into a security command post during a six-day spying operation by the National Security Agency while U.S. President Barack Obama and 25 other foreign heads of state were on Canadian soil in June of 2010.The G20, the most lavish display demo of the security state infrastructure being implemented.
The covert U.S. operation was no secret to Canadian authorities.
An NSA briefing note describes the American agency's operational plans at the Toronto summit meeting and notes they were "closely co-ordinated with the Canadian partner."
The NSA and its Canadian "partner," the Communications Security Establishment Canada, gather foreign intelligence for their respective governments by covertly intercepting phone calls and hacking into computer systems around the world.
The secret documents do not reveal the precise targets of so much espionage by the NSA — and possibly its Canadian partner — during the Toronto summit.
But both the U.S. and Canadian intelligence agencies have been implicated with their British counterpart in hacking the phone calls and emails of foreign politicians and diplomats attending the G20 summit in London in 2009 — a scant few months before the Toronto gathering of the same world leaders.
Secret documents released by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden have provided new insight about the level of U.S. and Canadian spying on allies and foreign diplomats. (The Guardian/Associated Press)
Notably, the secret NSA briefing document describes part of the U.S. eavesdropping agency's mandate at the Toronto summit as "providing support to policymakers."
No investigations of this summit were ever allowed in jurisdictions that could touch the PMO! The investigation ended at the police commanders and the expenses. The denials and claims of ignorance you're seeing now by the likes of Harper, his corrupt senators (which by the way the "honorable" Senator Patrick Brazaeu is working on a tell-all book that he'd like to sell, nothing like capitalizing on the cronyism and destruction of democracy to show you truly care), Jim Flaherty, and everyone else in the government's fiat currency free trade fan club are the same denials and claims to ignorance that you saw following the G20.
The G20 is the key folks. The NSA, CSEC, CSIS, the spying in general, the suspension of civil rights, the B20, the banking cartels, the corruption. It's all tied in together! The G20 is the mega-scandal of all recent scandals but at the time much of Canada's Conservatives were blinded by a staunch partisanship. Perhaps now that Harper's "conservatism" is in question they will entertain the idea he may not be conservative at all, but rather a globalist.
The G20 was a massive intelligence operation orchestrated by world governments and international corporations against the citizens of this country. It bypassed typical police budgets and equipped the nations forces with paramilitary style crowd control equipment. It was the biggest mass arrest in Canadian history and a preview of things to come. If you're going to demand an inquiry into anything, it should be this.
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What really happened at the G20:
"I know it's a loss of national sovereignty but it's a simple reality" - Stephen Harper:
Canada's top spy won't answer questions about G20 surveillance
John Forster, chief of the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC), and Defence Minister Rob Nicholson both pointed to international security and said they couldn't answer questions about top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The documents show Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government allowed the National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S.'s largest spy agency, to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 summits.
Forster wouldn't answer repeated questions about whether Canada would let its allies perform those activities inside Canadian borders.
"I do partnerships with the Five Eyes allies but I do not ask them to perform actions that is against the law for me to perform in Canada."
The Five Eyes is the name given to the intelligence-sharing partnership between U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson also refused to say whether Canada let the NSA spy during the 2010 G8 and G20.
"I don't comment on an international security operation but under the law, CSEC cannot target Canadians. They are required to follow the law of this country," he said.
"I look at the independent audit of this organization and they have come up with positive results in the sense that they comply with Canadian law and by law they can not target Canadians."
No, CSEC can't target Canadians, they also can not invite foreign intelligence agencies to target Canadians either, or to do anything here. Notice the wording: "international security". Not "national security". These people don't answer to this country. "This isn't Canada". "It's a loss of national sovereignty". Notice a central theme in all the responses on G20? CANADA doesn't mean shit.
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