Archive for the ‘Canada’ Category

c/o Forbes

“If you are a member of CBP’s Global Entry, Nexus or Sentri Trusted Traveler programs, you may be able to access certain dedicated screening lanes. In conjunction with this service, CBP is installing Global Entry kiosks at certain Canadian airports where travelers are pre-cleared to enter the U.S. so they do not have to go through immigration or customs at a U.S. port of entry. Kiosks are, or will be installed at Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto by the end of this month although when I was in Montreal last week CBP knew nothing about the program. 

CBP will be issuing members of the Global Entry program a Sentri RFID card for a $15 processing fee. Sentri is currently being used at the Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, and Calexico border crossings in California and the El Paso (Stanton Street Bridge) crossing in Texas.”



“The top contactless applications during the next five years are projected to be bank cards, government and healthcare ID cards, transportation and physical access cards. These four applications are projected to account for around 99% of units shipped in 2016.”



c/o Vancouver Sun

Canada is being asked to compromise the civil rights of millions of Canadians without any guarantee the Americans will hold up their side of the bargain, says the report, written by Gar Pardy, a former senior diplomat to Washington.


SEE ALSO: Canada to launch biometric passports by 2012

BTC – As it turns out, the US and Canada share a lot of the same problems.

Here is second life for news that matters.

Canadian Filtering Tool Used in Middle East 

Public calls for more transparency in continental security negotiations

Canada introduces New, Plastic Cash

North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) audited by atsec (ATX)

G20 Anniversary: The weekend Toronto burned

LIVING AMONG US: Activists Speak of Police Infiltration

Suspended sentence for G20 demonstrator Jaggi Singh
[Wiki on Jaggi Singh]

IN OTHER NEWS:  Focus on Nebraska Nuclear Core Meltdown

BTC -Without a doubt underreported news bigger than Fukushima, because it’s middle America.

It started Saturday morning ….Electrical Fire Knocks Out Spent Fuel Cooling Pool at Nebraska Nuclear Plant

NPPD: Nuke Plant Could Be Shut Down “In Three Seconds”, Critics Still Worry

Nebraska nuclear plant meltdown possible? FAA restricts airspace

Then…US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report

And finally the NYTimes decided to start reporting some news on Monday.

Nuclear forum calls for transparency, eyes new incident severity scale


The New FBI Powers: Cointelpro on Steroids

ACLU’s, Mike German on Law and Disorder Radio explains New FBI surveillance powers

Senate Intel Chair: Torture Did Not Lead To Bin Laden In Any Way @TPM

More and more evidence suggests a key piece of intelligence — the first link in the chain of information that led U.S. intelligence officials to Osama bin Laden — wasn’t tortured out of its source. And, indeed, that torture actually failed to produce it. 


Here is second life for news that matters: 

The 10 tools of Online Oppressors

WIRED: Domestic Surveillance Court Approved All 1,506 Warrant Applications in 2010

Commentary c/o Julian “squeaky clean” Sanchez: 

 Record Number of Americans Targeted by National Security Letters

NYTimes Op-Ed: Personal Data: Safer in America or in Europe

Children of Guanajuato, Mexico in Biometric Database

U.S. Attorney Escalates Attacks on Civil Liberties of Anti-War, Palestinian Human Rights Activists

Homeland Security Suspends Ineffective, Discriminatory Immigration Program

SEC’s Schapiro says surveillance tools ‘inadequate’

Canada, U.S. in talks to share surveillance data

c/o CanWest News Washington

WASHINGTON — Seeking to enhance its efforts to crack down on fraudulent refugee claims, the Harper government on Tuesday announced it has struck a deal to share fingerprint information on asylum seekers with the United States.

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan made the announcement following a bilateral summit here with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Under the protocol, the U.S. will join a biometric data-sharing initiative Canada had already launched last summer with the United Kingdom and Australia.

“Biometrics continue to be a powerful tool to prevent terrorists and criminals from crossing our shared border and preventing identity theft and asylum fraud,” Napolitano said at a news conference with Van Loan.

Canada’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, had expressed a series of concerns about the biometric data sharing when the plan was first announced in August. Stoddart’s office questioned Ottawa about the need to collect fingerprints and sought assurances the personal information gathered would not be used for secondary purposes.

“While we are still reviewing their response, on the surface of it, it appears they have addressed most of our concerns,” said Anne-Marie Hayden, a spokesperson for the privacy commissioner.

“They have advised us that under the protocol, biometric information will only be used for immigration and nationality issues. They have also told us that biometric matching information will only be one of many elements considered when assessing a file.”

The privacy commissioner’s office is still awaiting a response, however, on how Citizenship and Immigration Canada “plans to address our concerns about how refugees, a very vulnerable population, will be notified about the collection and use of their biometric information,” Hayden said.

Napolitano said the U.S. will dispatch its chief privacy officer to Ottawa in early December for discussions with Canadian officials. “As we share information, we are committed to protecting privacy and civil rights,” she said.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has argued biometric data sharing on refugee claimants dramatically increases the government’s ability to identify foreign nationals who try to hide their past when seeking to enter Canada.

His office says the agreement allows countries to check each other’s fingerprint databases but doesn’t give them unfettered access to the information.

“Previous trials show that biometric information sharing works,” Kenney said in a statement Tuesday. “The data sharing helps uncover details about refugee claimants such as identity, nationality, criminality, travel and immigration history, all of which can prove relevant to the claim.”

When Canada, the U.K. and Australia initially signed the agreement last summer, they sought to allay privacy concerns by agreeing no central database of fingerprints would be created.

The information-sharing pact is part of a broader government initiative to introduce biometrics into Canada’s immigration and refugee screening system — a plan that continues to raise red flags for privacy advocates.

“We have made them aware of our concerns with respect to what seems to be a general trend toward an increased collection of biometric information,” Hayden said.

“If you are not a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, fear not. The Saint Regis Indians, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and the Haudenosaune (otherwise known as Onondaga, et al) are right in line (as well as every other federally recognized tribe). And guess what? You get to have your “Nation’s” logo on the card (maybe even your Indian name). No one will ever know you finally declared your subjugation to your oppressors. Hell, you won’t even have to show the card. It will transmit who and what you are from your pocket.

Ohnkwe Ohnwe, Of Native Pride