(cbc.ca) Newly released G8/G20 summit documents reveal the RCMP and various Ontario police forces spent several months infiltrating anti-war, anti-globalization and anarchist groups with the use of undercover officers ahead of last June’s summits in Huntsville and Toronto.
The reports by the Joint Intelligence Group formed by the RCMP-led ISU (Integrated Security Unit) show that various police services contributed at least 12 undercover officers to take part in covert surveillance of potential “criminal extremists” in a bid to “detect … and disrupt” any threats.
The reports omit details on specific individuals or groups, nor do they offer conclusions about what, if any, crimes or plots of violence were detected.
“There’s a lot of stuff that isn’t in there, that’s been redacted, or isn’t spelled out. But it says these undercover operations were going on, that there were 12 officers,” says Tim Groves, who requested and obtained the reports through an access to information request. “The problem is that, looking at these documents, police expected criminal extremism everywhere.”
Groves, an investigative journalist and active participant in the alternative media centre during last summer’s G20 summit in Toronto, agreed to share the police documents with CBC News. Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/24/g20-surveillance.html
(amnesty.org) Romania’s poorest and most disadvantaged citizens cannot access adequate housing because of the country’s legal system, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today.
Mind the legal gap: Roma and the right to housing in Romania documents the stories of Roma individuals and communities across the country and highlights the need for human rights reforms to laws governing housing.
“Widespread intolerance and prejudice against Roma combined with the lack of adequate housing laws have given local officials carte blanche to openly discriminate against them,” said Barbora Cernusakova, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Romania. Read More
(france24) AFP – Software hacker group “Anonymous” launched attacks Sunday against the Italian government’s website citing political grievances, ANSA news agency reported.
“Anonymous” announced its distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults earlier in the day, saying they were launched because “the political and economic situation in Italy has become unstable.”
The website (www.governo.it) did not immediately appear to be blocked.
DDoS attacks are efforts to overload websites with so many simultaneous requests that computer servers can’t handle the load and freeze or crash.
Police had alerted the site and its manager of the potential attack ahead of time, allowing them to put counter measures in place.
A loose-knit group of online global hackers, “Anonymous” previously attacked government websites in Egypt and Tunisia, both roiled by anti-government protests, among other sites.
Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20110206-hackers-attack-italian-government-site-ansa#