Canada’s CSEC – one of five eyes

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There’s a real paucity of information on Canada’s CSEC, one of the five (some say 6 if you count Israel) eyes used to spy on the citizens in the name of their freedom and security.

Today many websites around the world joined together to protest the NSA’s practice of spying on the online activities of innocent people in the United States and around the world.  The American NSA (National Security Agency) is joined in these activities by its Five Eyes partners, England’s GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Australia’a ASD (Australian Signals Directorate), New Zealand’s (GCSD (Government Communications Security Bureau), and Canada’s own CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada).…

Apparently, CSEC was recruiting college students:…

CSEC has started a hiring campaign targeting colleges and universities a few months ahead of the inauguration of its new headquarters in Ottawa (see list of opportunities). The building, with an astronomical price tag of $1.2 billion, is the most expensive government complex in Canadian history, dubbed the spy 0;Taj Mahal” by several critics. The immense campus is located next to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) headquarters, and the two will be joined by a walkway. The veritable “spy nest” will house 4,000 cryptographers, secret agents and information specialists of all kinds in Gloucester, a suburb of the nation’s capital.

Here’s a typical fluff piece that really tells us nothing about the new HQ and what CSEC is protecting us from:…

No cellphones, no recording devices, no computers.

No names.

The seven officials at the boardroom table insist that their identities cannot be published – the risk, one explains, is that they would become targets of a “hostile foreign intelligence service.”

Now off to pay my taxes, much of which will be going to pay for this building and its workers.


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