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Article 19
ARTICLE 19, a human rights pioneer, defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world. Censorship Kills. It starves and it represses. It denies people access to information essential to thei...
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to expose and oppose Canada's rol...
History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking. * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today. * Increases the influence of historical research over cu...
Project Ploughshares
Canadian ecumenical agency of The Canadian Council of Churches that carries out research, analysis, dialogue and public discussion of peace and security issues in Canada and internationally. Issues include: defence policy, militar...

News Releases

Authorities urged to drop two bills that threaten media freedom
2010-09-24
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges the South African government to abandon two proposed media laws, one to create a media tribunal and one to protect information involving #national security."
Barrett Brown case: 11 of 12 counts dismissed
2014-03-18
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders greets with relief federal prosecutors' decision to drop nearly all criminal charges against Barrett Brown, a contributor to The Guardian and Vanity Fair.
Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan
2013-12-04
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which informat...
Electronic Frontier Foundation Fights National Security Letter Demands on Behalf of Telecom, Internet Company
2014-03-05
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Legal Briefings Still Under Seal After Government Demands for Secrecy
The Harper Years: Tough Times For Reporters In Canada
2015-10-17
Reporters Without Borders
As federal elections will be held in Canada on October 19, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reviews the evolution of freedom of the press and information during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's tenure. ...
Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
2010-04-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military informa...
Journalists are not informants
2014-10-31
Reporters without Borders
Two Cameroonian journalists face military court charges of failure to report a destabilization plot. Journalists Felix Cyriaque Ebole Bola of the daily Mutations and Rodrigue Tongue of Le Messager, we...
New Behind-the-Scenes Video: Airship Flight Over the NSA Data Center
2014-08-09
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Internet's Own Boy Director Brian Knappenberger Releases Short Doc as Senate Introduces New Reform Bill
Security Certificate Detainee Mahjoub Rallies with Supporters Marking Exactly 12 Years of Detention wit Charge
2012-06-22
On June 26th, Mohammad Mahjoub and his supporters will gather to demand his immediate liberation and that of the other two men still held under security certificates.
Security laws attack Australia's press freedom
2014-09-29
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in describing the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill No 1 an outrageous ...
Statement from George Galloway on being denied entry to Canada
2009-03-20
For a G7 government to ban a five times elected British parliamentarian from addressing public events or keeping my appointment with some of their flagship television and radio programmes is quite a s...

Sources Select Resources

Australian government orders ASIO raids to suppress East Timor spying evidence
Head, Mike
Article
2013
World Socialist Web Site
The Abbott governmen ordered Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the homes and offices of a lawyer and former intelligence agency whistleb...
Barrett Brown case: 11 of 12 counts dismissed
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders greets with relief federal prosecutors' decision to drop nearly all criminal charges against Barrett Brown, a contributor to The Guardian and Vanity Fair.
Bill C-51: A Legal Primer
Overly broad and unnecessary anti-terrorism reforms could criminalize free speech
Ruby, Clayton; Nader R.,Hasan
Article
2015
CCPA
Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, would expand the powers of Canada's spy agency, allowing Canadians to be arrested on mere suspicion of future criminal activity.
Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which informat...
The Canadian Ministry of "Truth": "Reality Is Whatever We Say It Is"
Guerin, Fred
Article
2015
Truthout
The government and corporations operate as if truth and reality are what they say it is. Guerin analyzes and provides examples of this propaganda, including Canada's Bill C-51.
The CIA's Memory Prison
A Perverse Logic
Sottile, J.P.
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The U.S. government has ruled that the prisoners kidnapped and tortured by the U.S. cannot talk about their experiences because those experiences are the property of the U.S. government, which has cla...
The CIA's Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication
Silverstein, Ken
Article
2014
The Intercept
A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obt...
Connexions Library: Human Rights and Civil Liberties Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany
Maass, Peter; Poitras, Laura
Article
2014
The Intercept
The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to docume...
Data Mining You
How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2012
TomDispatch.com
Joseph K., that icon of single-lettered anonymity from Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial, would undoubtedly have felt right at home in Washington.
Eavesdropping on the Planet
The Inalienable Right to Snoop?
Blum, William
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex … satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communi...
Edward Snowden's Warning to Canada
Snowden, Edward
Article
2015
The Tyee
Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about Bill C-51 and the weak oversight of Canada's intelligence agencies.
Fighting Secrecy and the National Security State
An Interview With Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Co-Producer of WikiLeaks's "Collateral Murder" Video
BERNSTEIN, Dennis
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Interview with Iceland Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate Party on the status of this emerging international struggle against government secrecy and surveillance.
The Harper Years: Tough Times For Reporters In Canada
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
As federal elections will be held in Canada on October 19, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reviews the evolution of freedom of the press and information during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's tenure. ...
How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists
Federman, Adam
Article
2015
Truth-Out.org
In August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely becom...
I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile
Rusbridger, Alan; MacAskill, Ewen
Article
2014
The Guardian
The Guardian interviews Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to media outlets. Snowden shares his views on the events that have occured since his exil...
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
Snowden Coverage
Cohen, Jeff
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion h...
Information Overload
Driving a Stake Through the National Security State
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2012
CounterPunch
Here’s an idea. Let’s all start salting all of our conversations and our written communications with a selection of those 300 key words. If every liberty-loving person in America virus were to do thi...
Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize 'Collect It All' Surveillance
Maass, Peter
Article
2015
The Intercept
As Members of Congress struggle to agree on which surveillance programs to re-authorize before the Patriot Act expires, they might consider the unusual advice of an intelligence analyst at the Nationa...
The Intercept
Website
A platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, with a long-term mission is to produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.
Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military informa...
Journalists are not informants
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters without Borders
Two Cameroonian journalists face military court charges of failure to report a destabilization plot. Journalists Felix Cyriaque Ebole Bola of the daily Mutations and Rodrigue Tongue of Le Messager, we...
The Logic behind Mass Spying: Empire and Cyber Imperialism
Petras, James
Article
2013
Dissident Voice
Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threat...
McCarran Internal Security Act
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The Internal Security Act (a.k.a the Subversive Activities Control Act, McCarran Act - after Pat McCarran - or ISA) of 1950 is a United States federal law that required the registration of Communist o...
Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence
In a World Without Privacy, There Are No Exemptions for Our Spies
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2013
TomDispatch.com
Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. It’s a reasona...
Mouths Wide Shut: Obamas War on Whistleblowers
Feffer, John
Article
2015
CounterPunch
The Obama administration has been ruthless in its prosecution of whistleblowers.
The National Security State Exposed
Obama v. Snowden
Mackler, Jeff
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Snowden disclosed orders demanding that all of the nation’s internet providers allow for secretly conducted, and ongoing government sweep of phone calls, audio and video chats, e-mails, photographs, ...
No News is Not Good News
Cops Taping Protesters & Journalists
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2010
CounterPunch
If cops photograph and videotape protesters and journalists, it's news if it happens in China, but when it happens in the U.S., as it routinely does, the media are silent.
The NSA's Invasion of Google and Yahoo Servers
Your Email is Likely Being Monitored
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The American National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting information coming in and out of Google and Yahoo servers over non-public, internal network fibre optic lines. In December, 2012 alone...
NSA's Path to Totalitarianism
Ever-Shrinking Democracy in America
Pollack, Norman
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The American National Security Agency (NSA) appears as a “rogue” organization, extremism in the putative service of liberty. Or better, call it, stripped of all cosmetics, the unerring mark of a Polic...
The NSA's Spying Operation on Mexico
Systematic Eavesdropping on the Government
Carlsen, Laura
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The American NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. Three major programs constitute a massive espionage operation against Mexico.
Obama's Liberty Problem
Why Indefinite Detention By Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People
Quigley, Bill; Warren, Vince
Article
2010
CounterPunch
The proposal to create a special new legal system by Executive Order will threaten the liberty of every single US citizen who is not in Guantanamo because it will damage the due process guarantees wh...
On Translating Securityspeak into English
In the Land of False Cognates
Carson, Kevin
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal t...
The Origin of America's Intellectual Vacuum
Hedges, Chris
Article
2010
truthdig
A profile of Chandler Davis, a blacklisted mathematician who served six months in jail for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Osama Bin Laden, Bradley Manning and Me
Blum, William
Article
2013
Counterpunch
As far as can be deduced, the government believes that the documents and videos that Bradley Manning gave to Wikileaks, which Wikileaks then widely distributed to international media, aided the enemy ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 24, 2015
Whistleblowers and national security
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2015
Connexions
This issue sheds light whistleblowers and the murky world of national security. Governments may often pay lip service to the importance of protecting whistleblowers, but in reality they are almost alw...
PFC Bradley Manning, Patriot
Why Manning was Within His Rights to Give Secrets to Wikileaks
Ross, Sherwood
Article
2010
CounterPunch
The Police State is Real
It Has Happened Here
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. So much unaccountable power has been concen...
Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks
Fishman, Andrew; Marquis-Boire, Morgan
Article
2015
The Intercept
The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate n...
Predicting Torture
The PATRIOT Act, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange
Van Bergen, Jennifer
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Bradley Manning is charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks and faces a court martial. The conditions of his confinement are extreme, and amount to torture.
Preparing for a Digital 9/11
Greenberg, Karen
Article
2012
TomDispatch
In recent years, in one of the more dangerous, if largely undiscussed, developments of our time, the Bush and then Obama administrations have launched the first state-planned war in cyber space. First...
The Secret Secret
Of Wikileaks and Literacy
Johnson, Jimmy
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret pri...
Security laws attack Australia's press freedom
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in describing the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill No 1 an outrageous ...
Snowden, Surveillance And The Secret State
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2013
Media Lens
There is plenty to be said about living under a giant system of government surveillance. Just don't expect the corporate media to explore the full extent of what it really all means.
Snowden's NSA Leaks Catalogued In First Searchable Database Of The Surveillance Documents
Halleck, Thomas
Article
2015
International Business Times
Canadian journalists and researchers have teamed up to create the world's first fully-searchable index of the classified documents revealing NSA surveillance leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm
Gallagher, Ryan
Article
2013
Guardian
Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups.
Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations
Ruskin, Gary
Article
2013
Corporate Policy
This report is an effort to document something about corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations. Law enforcement should prioritize investigating and prosecuting corporate espionage against no...
Spy Wars
Espionage and Canada from Gouzenko to Glasnost
Granatstein, J.L.; Stafford, David
Book
McClelland & Stewart
A survey history of Canad'as "secret" history.
The Sunday Times' Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst - and Filled with Falsehoods
Greenwalk, Glenn
Article
2015
the Intercept
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it's hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to g...
Taking liberties: When elite representatives define 'national security'
Behrens, Matthew
Article
2011
rabble.ca
Most reporters assigned to the national security beat are not physically embedded within the RCMP and CSIS in the way those covering the occupation of Afghanistan seem to become stenographers for the ...
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits as Part of Plan to Discredit 'Radicalizers'
Article
2013
Huffington Post
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the a...
US news media to be monitored to curb leaks
Article
2012
Al Jazeera
A series of leak leads U.S. officials to take additional measures to stop the public from learning about government secrets.
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State
Free Press and the National Security State
Greenwald, Robert
Film/Video
2013
Brave New Films
During his election campaigns, Barak Obama promised the most transparent administration in U.S. history. Cynics can rejoice in the fact that the Obama administration has indicted more people for viola...
A War on Wikileaks?
Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon
Forte, Maximillian C.
Article
2010
CounterPunch
If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants t...
Wikileaks, the US, Sweden and Devil's Island
The Anti-Empire Report
Blum, William
Article
2011
CounterPunch
Will the government's counter-extremist programme criminalise dissent?
Kundnani, Arun
Article
2015
Spinwatch
From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies - from nursery schools to optometrists - will be legally obliged to participate in the U.S. government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Und...
You are all suspects now. What are you going to do about it?
Pilger, John
Article
2012
A state of permanent war has been launched by the United States and a police state is consuming western democracy.

Sources Bookshelf

The Canadian War on Queers
Kinsman, Gary; Gentile, Patrizia
Book
2010
From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the Canadian state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in a series of so-called national security campaigns. This book traces this histor...
Covert Entry
Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service
Mitrovica, Andrew
Book
2002
A glimpse into the inner workings of Canada's secret service.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Greenwald, Glenn
Book
2014
Glenn Greenwald recounts his 10-day trip to Honk Kong where he acquired the Snowden Files. Additionally, Greenwald discusses the NSA's unprecedented abuse of power, as well as the media's habitual avo...
Secret Service
Political Policing in Canada From the Fenians to Fortress America
Whitaker, Reg; Kealey, Gregory S.; Parnaby, Andrew
Book
2012
A history of political policing in Canada.
Spying on Democracy
Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance
Boghosian, Heidi
Book
2013
Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself.
The Watchers
The Rise of America's Surveillance State
Harris, Shane
Book
2010
An exploration of how and why the American government increasingly spies on its own citizens.

Media

Press for Conversion
To oppose Canadian military exports and promote conversion of military industries and bases. Projects: anti-war toys, nuclear weapons research, links with Third World NGOs, opposing weapons bazaars.

Government Ministries & Agencies

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
A group of Health Physics and Radiation Safety Specialists, dedicated to providing tailored radiation safety services to employees in the handling of nuclear substances.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Protects the national security interests of Canada by investigating and reporting on threats to the security of Canada.
Department of National Defence
Canada's armed forces are active across Canada and around the world in a wide range of roles and activities. These include: defence of Canada, international alliances, support to federal departments, ...
Security Intelligence Review Committee
SIRC ensures that the powers of CSIS are used legally and appropriately, by examining past operations of the Service and investigating complaints.


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