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Whose National Security? Paperback – Oct 30 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Between the Lines (Oct. 30 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896357253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896357256
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Political policing in Canada has long underminded the democratic nature of this country. Lawyers acting in immigration, citizenship, criminal and other cases know that concepts like ‘national interest,’ ‘disloyalty,’ and ‘security threat’ are used as barriers to prevent public scrutiny of official decisions made in secret. This book fills in details of this sordid history, and makes valuable contributions to understanding the problem.”

Whose National Security? provides revealing tales and telling analysis of the Canadian surveillance state.”

About the Author

Gary Kinsman, Dieter K. Buse, and Mercedes Steedman teach at Laurentian University in Sudbury.

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This book contains a section on surviellance of educational institutions i.e. "Spying 101: The RCMP's Activities at the University of Saskatchewan" (Not to be confused with the book that came out later, SPYING 101: THE RCMP's SECRET ACTIVITIES AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES, 1917-1997 (ISBN 9780802041494)). Who knew that the RCMP were clipping articles from the student newspaper THE SHEAF to add to their files. The U of S probably had more than its share of attention because of the politics in Saskatchewan i.e. CCF/NDP history. Page 102 to 105 contain a copy of a surviellance report from Cst. J. C. Dudley from the National Archives of Canada RG (Record Group) 146. So we get a sample of the type of records that were being produced.

Terry Pender has an article on, "The Gaze on Clubs, Native Studies, and Teachers at Laurentian University, 1960s-70s" so the U of S wasn't the only University being watched. Christabella Sethna has an article on "High-School Confidential: RCMP Surveillance of Secondary School Student Activists".
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