Government Spying on Montana Citizens? Thanks Alberta.

Driving into work this morning I heard an interesting piece on the Radio. First let me be clear: I was listening to CBC Radio--which to most conservatives in Alberta is just to the left of Stalin. That said, I find it 'fair and balanced' myself--even if it's sometimes right-leaning. It's Alberta after-all.

Alberta == Texas North.

It wasn't much of a surprise then when I heard about this:
Alberta Government Agency Spies on Montana Citizens.

So here I was, driving into downtown Calgary listening to an Environmentalist from Montana describe how he felt about having some private dicks listen in on his cross-border conference call.

"These things shouldn't happen in a democracy" (a paraphrase since the CBC transcript/audi of the interview isn't up yet), I heartily agree, but what I found most ironic, was the undertone of scolding--as if his Government wasn't listening in on the same conversation. It was with foreigners after all--I'm sure the NSA got some choice intel on the Montana environmental scene.

Once I got past that choice bit of irony, I reflected more on the seeds of the story itself.

The board confirmed in June that it hired undercover investigators to blend into the crowd at a community hall in Rimbey, Alta., where dozens of people had gathered to watch closed-circuit TV coverage of the power line hearings.

It said the investigators were simply ensuring the crowd's safety after some pushing and shouting at an earlier hearing in Red Deer. The board also restricted access to the hearings after a woman took a swing at a lawyer and a man roughed up a security guard at a hearing in Rimbey.

Now that sounds familiar: the Alberta EUB admits to spying, but says it was because of security concerns. A hollow excuse right out of Bush's playboook.

But don't worry, there are investigations ongoing (3 of them):

Curran [EUB mouthpiece] said the board can't comment until the two Canadian investigations - one by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Commissioner and one by a retired Supreme Court justice - are complete.

"We just feel there's a lot of information that's out there, and a lot of misinformation that's out there, and until those investigations and completed and they've issued reports, it's inappropriate for us to comment at any great length about what they're investigating."

Mind you none of these investigations are by the police--all are internal to the Government. Steady Eddie (Premier Ed Stelmach) is working overtime to bury this one, but the opposition NDP now have another bone to chew on: The Montana Link.

While I believe the truth will come one in one and all of these investigations (Stelmach and his party are incompetents on the scale of Bush), I really don't see anyone being held responsible--certainly no one will be forced to resign as our environmentalist friend from Montana is calling for.

Then again, this is Texas North. Get back to me when you guys get Gonzales to resign over the TSP.

Not sure if you tip here

But I have one for Steady Eddie: Get a Brain Moran!

Sean

-7.63, -4.77 | "Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects." -- Lester B Pearson

Hey Whytewolf!

Great post - thanks! This cross border spying and covering up and general Rovian behaviour is freaking me out. I mean, environmental groups? Unless it's E.L.F., why would anyone feel the need to listen in unless it's 1)just being nosy, which seems, I dunno, kinda illegal, or 2)looking for something - ANYTHING - to make life a real pain in the ass for that environmental group. Creepy.

As for tips, we can rate a journal, but not comments. You can probably see the row of stars at the bottom of your journal.
This is the rating guide:

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Welcome, and thanks again for contributing! I'm looking forward to MORE MORE MORE!

After hearing

About all the wiretapping in the US, this doesn't surprise me one bit. The Government of Canada and some of the other provincial conservative Governments are just franchises of the Republicans anyway.

Like Mcd's....hmmmmm... that does give me an idea.

Powers that be, powers of three, keep me strong during this insanity......

You're loving it? n/t

Everything's cheaper than it looks.

Mayor McCheese

would be a better politician than any of these schmucks. They're more like the Hamburglar. Robble robble, you bastards.

Ensuring the public's safety

While posing as a concerned landowner.

Yeah. Riiiiight.

I mean better Stelmach, in a sense, than Snortin' Ted Morton, But Stelmach is spectacularly inadequate and unprepared to lead the province. But, do I ever fear having Morton run the place.

Everything's cheaper than it looks.

Would that be...

WinkDick Cheney-connected Ted Morton that you're referring to?

War On Privacy

Whytewolf, thank you for this very interesting journal.

Can no one resist being big brother these days? This is becoming pandemic. Everyday we come face to face with the reality that elements in our own governments - not to mention big business - view virtually everything we do as suspect and virtually everyone ostensibly served by those governments as the enemy.

I'd suggest more heavy-weight oversight within government but they'd probably spy on us too.

One thing is certain and that is that governments on both sides of the border are running amok, drunk with the irresponsible power that seems to come along with those two magic words "security concerns".

Electing people of a high moral calibre who are willing to do battle with the malignant shadows hiding in our society is the only answer that comes quickly to mind.

Anyone know where we can find such people?

Finding such people

It would be well to look among our ranks. I know of one fellow who said that his wife was contemplating standing for office. Support was pledged. I remain hopeful.

I've thought about

running for office. For about 45 seconds. Then I remembered all the...folly of my youth? I have not led an exemplary life, and that pretty much disqualifies me.

That't the problem - so many smart, hardworking, honest and earnest people out there, with either no chance or no want to get into the sausage making process.

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