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Sapphire: Galactic Traffic Cop

In Canada, News, Science & Technology on February 26, 2013 at 2:46 AM

 

02/25/2013

Canada has sent a satellite into space to take on a critical mission, play traffic cop among the junk-filled asteroid superhighway above the Earth.

The Sapphire satellite is the Canadian Department of National Defence’s first dedicated operational military satellite. The space vehicle is about the size of a dishwasher that will act as an orbiting air traffic controller.

Sapphire was built for the Canadian Forces by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. It will be able to monitor every object bigger than 10 centimetres across that is circling the earth.

There was a total of 7 satellites on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the island of Sriharikota, off India’s east coast near Chennai,

Also on board the rocket were:

  • The Canadian Space Agency’s suitcase-sized NEOSsat satellite, which will look for asteroids and track satellites and space debris.
  • Two lunch-box sized BRITE satellites, developed as an international project funded mainly by Austria, but drawing heavily on Canadian technological expertise. They are equipped with the smallest astronomical telescope ever built, which is designed to study some of the brightest stars in the sky.
  • The SARAL satellite, a joint French-Indian mission designed to study ocean circulation and sea surface elevation.
  • A three-kilogram Danish satellite that will test the feasibility of receiving identification signals from ships in the Arctic.
  • A 6.5-kilogram satellite from the U.K. designed to test mobile phone electronics in space.

Canada’s Bill C-55 – Warrantless Wiretapping in Emergencies

In Big Brother, Canada, News, OpBigBrother, Other Leaks, Science & Technology on February 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

02/11/2013

Overshadowed by news that the Canadian government had abandoned the “Internet Snooping” Bill C-30, was the first announcement Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson made today. The  introduction of a bill to update provisions that would allow for warrantless phone tapping in emergencies.

Canadian law allows police to wiretap without authorization from a court when there is the risk of imminent harm, such as a kidnapping or bomb threat, but the Supreme Court last year struck down the law and gave Parliament 12 months to rewrite another one.

The new bill, C-55, would give peace officers the right to secretly intercept private communications without a warrant in relatively rare, urgent situations. Someone whose communications had been intercepted in situations of imminent harm would have to be notified by police within 90 days.

Canadian Special Forces on Ground in Mali

In Canada, Mali, News on January 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

 

01/28/2013

Canadian special forces are on the ground inside the troubled West African country of Mali to protect Canadian assets there, CBC News has learned.

The special forces are not there to train Malian troops — and they are not involved in any combat role, as the government has repeatedly stressed and Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeated again Monday in the House of Commons.

The Department of National Defence would not confirm or deny the special forces are in Mali due to issues of security of personnel.

But a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs told CBC News, “Steps have been taken to ensure our mission and Canadian personnel are protected.”

Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, reports the special forces on the ground are protecting Canadian assets such as the Canadian Embassy in the capital Bamako, according to sources.

The forces are not related to Canadian Forces crews who have been piloting and supporting Canadian C-17 transport planes in support of French troops since Jan. 18. That mission was extended last week until Feb. 15.

It is not known how many special forces are on the ground in Mali, what are their rules of engagements and what assets they are protecting.

During their training mission in Niger, Canadian special forces learned from their training partners about fighting in a specific region of Niger close to the border with Mali.

Maj. Doug MacNair, a spokesman for Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, said that “this information was reported to Canadian Special Operations Forces Command headquarters, and since the passage of such information can serve to minimize both civilian and allied force casualties, the information was relayed to France.”

The Canadians were worried apparently that if the fighting spread they might be mistaken as targets — a source said passing the information to the French was simply “prudent.”

Opposition NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told Solomon that if the special forces are protecting Canadians, the embassy and embassy staff, that is “simply normal protection” and not military involvement.

Mulcair pointed to the need to avoid a situation such as that in Benghazi, Libya, last summer, when the American ambassador and others were killed during an attack on the U.S. Consulate there.

“We would never want to see something like that — we’d want to have proper protection for Canadian personnel at the embassy.

“We’re simply talking about protecting people in the embassy,” Mulcair said.

But Mulcair repeated his position that Parliament be consulted before Canada makes any military or combat commitment beyond the C-17 missions.

In response to a question from Mulcair earlier Monday, Harper confirmed Parliament will be consulted on Canada’s next steps, but didn’t provide any additional details about either military assistance or humanitarian funding Canada may be considering.

“We will not undertake a Canadian combat mission in Mali,” Harper told the Commons, reiterating his government’s message over the past two weeks.

“We will through this chamber and through committees … be consulting with Parliament on any further steps that need to be taken,” the prime minister told MPs in the first Commons sitting after MPs’ winter break.

Via CBC

Canadian Government Tries to Disappear Report on IDF Murder of Four UN Observers

In Canada, Israel, Israhell, News, Other Leaks, Zionism on December 27, 2012 at 4:54 AM

12/25/2012

OttawaCitizen:

The Defence Department has quietly removed from the Internet a report into the killing of a Canadian military officer by Israeli forces, a move the soldier’s widow says is linked to the Conservative government’s reluctance to criticize Israel for any wrongdoing.

Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three other United Nations observers were killed in 2006 when the Israeli military targeted their small outpost with repeated artillery barrages as well as an attack by a fighter aircraft.

IN early 2008, the Defence Department posted on its website a 67-page report from the Canadian Forces board of inquiry into the killing. The board found Hess-von Kruedener’s death was preventable and caused by the Israeli military.

But less than a year later, the report was quietly removed from the DND website and has since remained off-limits to the public through official channels.

Hess-von Kruedener’s widow, Cynthia, told the Citizen that the decision to remove the document from the public domain was made by DND and the government in an effort to protect Israel’s reputation.

“They don’t want people reading about it,” she said. “It’s embarrassing to the Israelis and, as we know, Prime Minister (Stephen) Harper has given his unconditional support to the Israelis.”

The circumstances surrounding Hess-von Kruedener’s death and the attempts by DND and the Canadian Forces to limit access to the board of inquiry report are outlined in an article in the new edition of Legion magazine, an Ottawa-based publication sent to members of the Royal Canadian Legion.

DND originally refused to provide the magazine with the previously public board of inquiry report, claiming the publication needed to use the access-to-information law to obtain a copy.

Legion magazine obtained a copy of the report by other means. It has now posted the report on its website.

In an email sent to the Citizen, DND confirmed it had removed the board of inquiry report from its website in early 2009 for security reasons “after it was discovered that some of its content is considered protected information.”

That explanation, however, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny as Legion magazine compared both the 2008 version and the 2012 copy issued under the access law, discovering that the latest version actually contains more information than the original.

The Legion article also raises questions about the disappearance from DND of a United Nations report into the killing. The document was used by the Canadian Forces for its board of inquiry and the UN report is cited in the Canadian report. But DND’s access to information branch claims it has done a thorough search of records and no such report could be found.

DND could not comment on claims by defence sources that hard copies of the board of inquiry report were also removed from military libraries.

The death of Hess-von Kruedener, a UN observer assigned to the Israeli-Lebanon border, has largely been forgotten.

The Israeli attack on the UN outpost began shortly after noon on July 25, 2006, prompting the UN deputy secretary general to almost immediately call the Israeli ambassador to the UN and complain.

Several hours later another artillery barrage hit the outpost. That was followed by another 16 artillery rounds hitting the base, destroying most of the buildings above ground and blowing the door off the underground bunker where Hess-von Kruedener and his fellow peacekeepers had taken refuge.

At one point, a general in charge of UN operations in Lebanon called the Israeli liaison officer and told him, “You’re killing my people.” Previously, the Israelis halted such attacks when protests were received.

Later that day, an Israeli fighter pilot directed a precision-guided bomb through the door of the UN bunker. The blast from the massive bomb killed the four men.

Gen. Rick Hillier, then the chief of the defence staff, later described the major’s death as a “tragic accident.”

Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener told the Citizen that the Canadian Forces didn’t inform her of her husband’s death. Instead, she learned he had been killed from a television news report.

The Legion article notes the Israelis had deliberately targeted the base. The base had been included in the Israeli military’s “targeting list” which they acknowledged was an error on their part.

Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener also takes issue with some of the remarks made by Harper about her husband. At the time of the killing, Harper questioned what Hess-von Kruedener was doing at the UN outpost.

She said the answer is simple: He was doing his job as ordered by the Canadian Forces and government of Canada. “Instead of asking why this happened, (Harper) turned it onto an innocent UN peacekeeper,” she said.

On Sept. 19, 2006, then-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert wrote Harper, expressing his deep regret. Harper wrote back on Nov. 20, 2006, thanking Olmert for his “expression of condolences, for the Israeli government’s rapid investigation of the incident and for information provided to Canadian officials.”

However, the Legion magazine article noted that the Israelis refused to answer questions from Canada about the attack.

CBSA Airport & Border Eavesdropping Halted Amid Privacy Concerns

In Canada, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology, Viral Videos, World Revolution on June 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

On Sunday, (CBSA) Canada Border Services Agency announced their plans to install eavesdropping microphones and HD cameras in airports and border crossings across Canada.

 

 

 

Within 48 hours of the announcement, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ decided to halt the CBSA audio monitoring plans, amid public outrage and privacy concerns.

 

This is the second time recently that Toews has had to retract one of the Canadian government’s big brother schemes, the other being the online surveillance Bill C-30, which was also scrapped due to public outrage and privacy concerns.

 

It goes to show that if we the people speak out about our government’s wrongdoings, we can hold them accountable and make a difference.

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