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Watching the out-of-control watchers

The Council of Canadians is supporting the launch of a hard-hitting new video from today.

According to, “The video reveals how information collected by government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) can expose intimate details about Canadians’ private lives, including their financial status, medical conditions, political and religious beliefs, and even their sexual orientation. CSEC was caught red-handed spying on thousands of innocent Canadian air travelers earlier this year.”

This out-of-control surveillance is having a corrosive effect on democracy. The new video is part of the much needed antidote.

“A series of revelations from journalist Glenn Greenwald and whistleblower Edward Snowden have exposed how CSEC has been undermining democracy at home while tarnishing Canada’s reputation overseas,” says in the press release accompanying the video. “It was revealed that CSEC spied on thousands of innocent Canadian air travellers, facilitated a massive U.S. spy operation on Canadian soil, monitored important Canadian trading partners at the behest of the U.S. NSA, and even spied on the private communications of Brazil’s energy ministry. Decision-makers from across the political spectrum are speaking out and calling for action. Proposed new legislation was recently announced that would take great strides toward reining in CSEC.”

Please share the video far and wide to let the watchers know that we’re watching right back. Together, let’s end these unacceptable abuses.