A recent revelation (but should not be a big surprise) that the Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice bureaucrats advised U.S. officials on how to skirt privacy laws.

Sure WE can’t give it too you but if you go HERE and CLAIM this, then they can give it too you…

Where is that kind of help when citizens need it to figure out how to protect ourselves from government?

Well, I guess it’s a case of “governments sticking together”.

University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran said department officials were essentially giving advice on how to break Canadian law and those involved should be reprimanded.

“Whoever gave this advice was certainly conspiring to defeat the privacy law and that person should be severely reprimanded and probably fired,” said Attaran. “You are conspiring with a foreign government to violate Canada’s laws as a Canadian public servant.”

If Canadian law enforcement agencies, like the RCMP or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, provided the information to the U.S., they would have broken the law, said Attaran.

“If the police disclosed it would have been illegal,” said Attaran. “I think the Privacy Commissioner should be looking at this.”

For the full story go here:

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2011/06/01/canadian-officials-advised-u-s-on-how-to-skirt-privacy-laws-state-department-cable/

NDP MP Charlie Angus, the party’s critic on ethics and privacy issues, said he found the cable’s revelation “disturbing” and would bring up the issue during an upcoming planned meeting with Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.

Angus said the mutual assistance treaty wouldn’t allow for a circumvention of privacy laws.

“I think we need to know what is going on in terms of how this government is handling Canadians’ private information,” said Angus. “We need to be wondering if this was a one-off, or if this is a pattern. We are going to ask a few questions.”

Let me see, more than one individual planning with another to do something illegal…hmmm doesn’t that qualify as a conspiracy?

No, never happen. Conspiracies only ever occur outside government…right? Only by terro rists planning to destroy lives and remove freedom from people.

Only outside government……they are the good guys, remember?

No?

Oh.

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