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Canada’s Environmental Activists A “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal.

RCMP Monitor Peaceful Occupy Protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Sept 2012.  Photo: Obert Madondo

RCMP Monitor Peaceful Occupy Protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Sept 2012. Photo: Obert Madondo

By Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive:

The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom of information laws, the Guardian (UK) reports.

For the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s national police force and chief spy agency, respectively, monitoring environmental activists and labeling them a “threat to national security”, has become the “new normal”.

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CSIS spying on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal

Mike Chisholm and Jenny Uechi | Vancouver Observer

Environmental activist Rod Marining knows the feel of steel handcuffs on his wrists.

As co-founder of Greenpeace International, he sailed aboard Greenpeace ships campaigning against French atmospheric nuclear testing in French Polynesia, Japanese whaling in the Pacific and was thrown in jail for demonstrating against mahogany lumber imports to Europe.

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