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What do we know about Canada's eavesdropping agency?

Communications Security Establishment mines metadata of phone calls and emails

(SNN) – With the recent discovery that the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US have been monitoring the emails and telephone calls of their own citizens, a Quebec based watchdog group targets Canada's counterpart. The Canadian Reactionary Action Patrol (CRAP) is questioning the actions of Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC).

After the U.S. attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, CSEC doubled its personnel and was given a broader mandate. Under the former Liberal leadership, Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act gave CSEC the ability to intercept Canadian communications in an effort to catch terrorism.

CRAP has reported that this secretly operated government agency have been reading the metadata of domestic emails to and from Canada essentially eavesdropping with impunity on the personal conversations of Canadians.

“We have in our possession an internal memo from CSEC to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) that clearly shows that the rights to Canadian privacy have been infringed on,” said CRAP spokesperson Alex Craimant, “The memo reveals that they (CSEC) are very interested in specific Canadian targets.”

Working hand-in-hand, CSEC has been passing information on CSIS for further investigations. SNN has learned that CSEC have identified several activities in Canada that threaten national security. Top on the list are Canadians pushing Penis Enhancement to both men and woman, cheap and illicit pharmaceuticals, money transfers from the Nigerian crown and foreign infiltration of lonely woman from Russia, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines into the arms of Canadian married men.

According to CSEC spokesperson Bryan Foresum the organization employs approximately 2,000 people and has an annual budget of about $422 million. “These internal threats to and from Canadians must be stopped,” said Foresum, “We will be doubling our staff in 2014 in an effort to intercept these communication threats.”

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