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...Do you really think we would have stood as a country past 1945 without the Americans protecting us?
I'm guessing Canada is about as "neutral" as Sweden.
Many years ago, there was a public outcry against implementing the Swedish version of NSA style espionage. It literally brought up a #storm from both politicians and the public, that it would be impossible to control within legal limits and that it would be used against the Swedish people.
The spy who read my email
…For years, the NSA and its partners in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom — collectively known as the Five Eyes — have been gaining access to the computer systems that house our email, social networks and other online communications services. They have been breaking encryption protocols, listening to phone calls and scooping up unfathomable amounts of data as it travels across international borders.
Leak s on Five Eyes spy network are fuelling ‘misinformation,’ CSEC watchdog says
...CSEC has a budget of more than $400-million and a staff of more than 2,000, including skilled mathematicians, codebreakers, linguists and programming experts. It is a key player in the Five Eyes surveillance network along with the U.S., Britain, Australian and New Zealand.
The federal government has consistently said that CSEC obeys the law and respects the privacy of Canadians.
Ugh. I hate Harper. Maybe Canadians will stop blithely voting Conservative in the next election.