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  5. Wednesday 27th September 2017

    KIMBALL CARIOU reports on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police spying on Black Lives Matter activists in Vancouver

    RECENT media reports indicate that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the federal police agency of Canada, has engaged in surveillance of Black Lives Matter Vancouver, and perhaps other organisations critical of racism in the country.

    The latest revelations follow 2015 reports in the Toronto Star that the RCMP had been using dummy Facebook profiles to track Black Lives Matter activists and rallies, despite the fact that the organisation has never posed any threat to public safety.

    It appears that the very existence of a group of black activists is enough to be considered dangerous by the Mounties.

    Vice News Canada recently obtained what it calls a “cache of intelligence reports obtained … through Canada’s Access to Information Act.”

    The documents were requested after the killing of fi ve US police by a lone sniper following a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest last year in Dallas.

    That led the RCMP to look for possible links between what it calls “African-American hate groups” and Black Lives Matter in Canada.

    The RCMP began to surveil the social media accounts of Black Lives Matter Vancouver and its members, but it also asked the US State Department through the Vancouver consulate to provide intelligence on US groups which have called for police killings.

    What astounds anti-racism activists in the Vancouver area is that the RCMP attention was spurred by a July 10 2016 vigil planned by Black Lives Matter Vancouver for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

    The shootings of the two men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota led to protests across the United States, including a rally on July 7 in Dallas, where the five officers were shot by a sniper.

    The killer, Micah Xavier Johnson, was a US military veteran known to have been angered by the prevalence of anti-black racism among white police officers.

    The surveillance of Black Lives Matter Vancouver was part of an “ops plan,” including social media monitoring of various Facebook, Twitter, and GoFundMe pages linked to the movement, allegedly to “ensure public and law enforcement safety.”

    The reports involve input from the RCMP’s British Colombia Hate Crime Team, their Criminal Analysis section, and Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSETs), which monitor domestic terrorist threats across Canada.

    The RCMP told Vice News that social media tracking does not constitute surveillance. The force claims that their actions were “a matter of conducting due diligence, in regard to public and police officer safety,” and that “no indications of violence” were found.

    The monitoring continued from mid-July 2016 until the end of the month, during the same time period that Black Lives Matter Vancouver called for the city police to be banned from the Vancouver pride parade in early August.

    The report concludes: “At this time there are no indications that violence will be used as a tactic,” and it notes that it will be a “peaceful rally.”

    But in a disturbing indication of the true mentality of the police, the report was put into the category of “unfolding event — serious crime.”

    No reason has been given for this classification. But the same report containing “threat assessments” of Black Lives Matter Vancouver shows the RCMP looking for Canadian connections to US groups, including the so-called New Black Panther Party (which has been denounced by members of the original Black Panthers) and the African American Defence League.

    Not surprisingly, no such connections were found, since these organisations have very sharp political and ideological differences with Black Lives Matter.

    In fact, as Vice News points out, “there has been little indication that the New Black Panther Party has ever been active in Canada, although in 2007 a leader of the organisation was barred from entering the country to speak at an event in Toronto.”

    There are some reports that Johnson, the Dallas gunman, had previously been a member of the New Black Panther Party, but police concluded that he acted alone.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ecbe-Do-black-lives-actually-matter-in-Canada#.WcwS1sZpEdU

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