Secret Police Wire Taps without Parliamentary Accountability
The normal procedure for obtaining authority to use wire taps for police forces across Canada it to get the approval of a judge after presenting evidence as to requirement.
This procedure involves accountability by reporting to Parliament on the number of times this procedure has been used.
After 9/11 Parliament passed a new law to make the process easier to enable wire taps in emergencies without reference to a judge. There is no accountability provision in this law, i.e reporting it to Parliament.
Since the inception of this law, there have been at least 267 instances that this provision has been invoked. It is widely believed that it has been used more often than that.
This issue raises real questions as to the privacy of Canadians. With recent events on particularly RCMP misconduct, this issue needs to be adressed and corrected. No police force should operate without oversight.
At minimum, police forces should be mandated to report each and every instance of emergency wire tapping.
The CBC article below makes interesting reading.
Bob McMynn knows first-hand how Canada's laws allow police to eavesdrop and use emergency wiretaps without a judge's approval.
He says Section 184.4 of the Criminal Code helped to save his son Graham's life after a group of young men abducted the then 23-year-old university student at gunpoint in April 2006, in what turned out to be a kidnapping for ransom.
"[The emergency wiretap] was paramount in solving where my son was," McMynn told CBC News. "Without that and other fantastic police work, we may never have got him back."
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