Secret Spy Hearings in Vancouver: BCCLA Spotlights Witnesses
Submitted by Tyee staff,
August 18th, 2015
Hearings into complaints that CSIS has been spying on Canadian activists kicked off in Vancouver last week. The hearings were held in secret, with no access by the public or media. The witnesses were barred from speaking of their testimony after the hearings.
Despite the gag order, BC Civil Liberties Association released this short clip spotlighting some of the witnesses before they gave secret testimony. Witnesses included Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Sierra Club campaign director Caitlyn Vernon and some members of Dogwood Initiative.
The groups alleging surveillance were protesting oil pipeline projects and claim their personal privacy was violated. Their claims are based on documents obtained under access to information requests. Read more about this underreported story here.