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Military spying on Natives.

Canada’s military spying on NativesCanada’s military has a special Counter-Intelligence Unit that has compiled at least eight reports on Native activities since January 2010.Greg Horn• Thu, Oct 13, 2011ACanadian military counter-intelligence unit created in the 1990s is keeping tabs on Native groups – including the Assembly of First Nations. The Canadian Forces’ National Counter-Intelligence Unit was created to protect the Forces and the Department of National Defence from terrorists, espionage and saboteurs.Between January 2010 and July 2011 the National Counter-Intelligence Unit assembled at least eight reporting on the activities of Native organizations, records obtained by the Globe and Mail under the Access to Information Law show.The Department of National Defence is saying that it did not obtain the intelligence itself, but that the information came from other government agencies. The Globe and Mail reported that the information cites confidential sources with apparent inside knowledge of Native groups.The Counter-Intelligence Information Reports alert the military to events, including plans of a protest blockade of Highway 401 in Ontario, and of a potential backlash among Native people over Ontario’s introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax. These reports also cite potential future protests and lobbying on Parliament Hill by Native groups, including the activities of the AFN, the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council and Red Power United.The counter-intelligence unit was first formed in the 1990’s and its purpose is to “identify, investigate and counter threats to the security of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence from foreign intelligence services, or from individuals/groups engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorism, extremism or criminal activities.”The Unit is answerable to the Chief of Defence Intelligence, who is responsible to the vice-chief of the defence staff.A Defence department spokesperson said the military generally draws up reports on a variety of topics to evaluate and anticipate potential threats. The reports are also part of an integrated national security network.GregH@kahnawakenews.com — Iorì:wase

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