I am currently under pernicious surveillance – and those I care about are also vulnerable and at risk. (More about CSIS’s tactics here.)
Basic monitoring began in 1998, but gradually intensified into 24/7 surveillance, harassment and much worse, as I became a very interesting *case study* for intelligence agencies. Being me, I attempted to expose their illegal, corrupt, and harmful activities, and I fought for my very personhood until 2005, when I had a nervous breakdown and my credibility was shot.
Through my surveillance blog (2004 to 2005), which I began as a desperate attempt at self-protection, I essentially forewarned about techno totalitarianism, long before it was on most people’s radars (also see, ‘The Rise of Totalitarian Technology‘ – both are must-reads by far more cogent writers).
People did not believe me, naturally; and yet now, the public is completely habituated by ‘Big Data’ and have been lulled into passivity and acceptance of corporate, governmental, and security agency dictates – which means real truth, privacy, autonomy, rule of law, justice, and meaningful dissent go out the door.
I am reposting an entry from my surveillance blog in 2005, below.
I am well aware that, unlike Trump, I do not speak the language of millenials and Gen Z, who think it is totally acceptable that every aspect of their lives are invaded, tracked, recorded, analyzed, and ultimately, manipulated and controlled. I sure don’t know how to disseminate this information in 140-character sound bites, a la Twitter.
Women’s equality and Canadian espionage
Written and circulated January 11, 2005
(slightly edited November 24, 2019)
Rita MacNeil included in RCMP’s spy campaign on women’s movement in 1970s
Rita MacNeil dumbfounded by RCMP file
[NOV. 2019, NOTE 2:
[DEC. 2019, NOTE 3: I just found out my oldest friend, whose mother is still close to my mother, suffered an inexplicable concussion 1 month ago and has been off work ever since. She is an extremely fit and healthy, strong-willed and highly capable 4th-generation Chinese-Canadian woman, who worked closely with the Mayor of Markham for many years. In the past 3 weeks, I myself have experienced new anomalies relating to “brain health”, far different than the overt “head shots” directed at me in 2003 to 2005 – discussion to come.]
- She was subsequently accused of being a ‘Communist,’ while working as a Deputy Minister for the federal government, if I recall. There were attempts to fire her, despite her clearly positive work on women’s behalf. Then, what happened? Identifiable women of colour, who ‘fit into the system,’ started heading up women’s organizations. This disenfranchised Caucasian / white feminists, and thereby pitted gender against race. (A Divide and Conquer strategy, perhaps?)
- Her case and the surveillance issue were to go before the House of Commons, but they suddenly dropped it the day before. Friends, neighbours, and others, had been asked to co-operate in the surveillance; yet some decent people refused.
(Sadly, in our current times, no one has the nerve, nor personal ethics, to stand up to the RCMP and CSIS.)
4)I shared similar views and ideas with the woman above re: innovating government and the participation of minorities (ie, women, people of colour, queers/LGBT, etc), so I’m not surprised that, for different reasons, the surveillance and harassment I seem to have been under for 3+ years has escalated to similarly drastic proportions.
[EDITED: (Note: She is older than me, and Irish-Canadian. We share a common belief in strong nation-building and socio-environmental responsibility.)]
5)Today’s advanced technologies (2005) have vastly improved government’s ability to surveille and profile people, as well as infiltrate and influence groups (organizations, institutions, media outlets, and so on). Heck, anyone and their tiny cellphone can record pics/videos/audio – just think what the government can do.
[DEC. 2019, EDIT: People’s commitment to ethical conduct has also rapidly deteriorated in Canada. Pressing people into service is not difficult nowadays. One merely has to exploit their self-interest based on EITHER:
i) Their concern about too much multiculturalism in Canada; or
ii) Their ever-present vulnerability either as a person of colour, or as an immigrant (from any country/continent), which may include long-held or existing prejudices; or
iii) Their simple need or desire to earn a buck and/or gain favour with Canadian government intelligence agencies.
(Believe me, the unofficial-CSIS learned a lot about both mass recruitment and cultivating co-operation, partly by observing my serial employment in the highly transient hospitality industry; I have worked everywhere, from the Distillery District to the CNE, and a Warden subway station sandwich shop to the Granite Club – plus everything in-between. Similarly, they gleaned much from my social experiences, personal neuroses (that’s a doozy), and my many emails on myriad subjects. I would also say my interest in group facilitation, my proactive entrpreneurial spirit – in my amateurish way, suggesting ways for businesses to boost their business or enhance outreach – combined with an extremely Left-wing mindset (though now Left-of-Centre) has been incredible fodder for Right-wing interests. See my post, “)
Robert Kraft case reveals how police can secretly install cameras inside a private business [and homes, for that matter!]
Who’s watching CSIS? Not Ottawa — and not the media
Covert entry: the inside story of the CSIS and the ‘unholy ghost’
I just had to post this excerpt from Bipolar World‘s definition of delusions:
In other cases, the delusion may be assumed to be false by doctor or psychiatrist assessing the belief, because it seems to be unlikely, bizarre or held with excessive conviction. Psychiatrists rarely have the time or resources to check the validity of a person’s claims leading to some TRUE beliefs to be erroneously classified as delusional. This is known as the Martha Mitchell effect, after the wife of the attorney general who alleged that illegal activity was taking place in the White House. At the time her claims were thought to be signs of mental illness, and only after the Watergate scandal broke was she proved right (and hence sane).
[Book reference from original webpage:
 Maher, B.A. (1988) Anomalous experience and delusional thinking: The logic of explanations. In T. Oltmanns and B. Maher (eds) Delusional Beliefs. New York: Wiley Interscience. ISBN 0471836354]
Contrary to being the ravings of a paranoid lunatic, it turns out my urgent concerns in 2000 to 2005 about widespread surveillance leading to North American totalitarianism have turned out to be quite true. (I had not really explored the news and politics beyond that perimeter, though I did watch the selling-out or virtual and/or physical disappearance of die-hard privacy and liberty defenders around the globe.)
It’s too easy for the government to invade privacy in name of security
This one paints a rosy picture of the Canadian privacy situation, but that is not really how security bodies operate here: www.lawnow.org/the-production-of-cell-tower-records-breaches-canadians-privacy-rights/