Friday, December 19, 2014

Round up the usual five

The term "Five Eyes" is now well established as a short-hand name for the intelligence and security partnership among the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

One interesting byproduct of the term has been a proliferation of intergovernmental "Five" committees on topics of common security or intelligence interest.

We now have the Border Five, comprising the customs and border protection agencies of the Five Eyes countries, and the Critical Five, addressing critical infrastructure issues.

There is also the Usual Five (see page 28), a working group on cyber security issues, and the Ottawa Five (see page 79), which presumably first met in Ottawa but now meets at venues all around the world. The latter is "a group of Five Eyes allies that focuses on coordinating international cyber and Internet policy" and discusses "approaches to cyber security issues domestically and internationally" (description from Public Safety Canada documents released through the Access to Information Act; H/T to MZ).

It is heart-warming—or is that heart-bleeding?—to know that our collective efforts to undermine internet security will forever be associated with our own capital city.

The same five countries also cooperate on law enforcement issues, but inexplicably that forum is called the Strategic Alliance Group, which sounds more like a bunch of financial consultants, or maybe tire salesmen. I guess the "Magnificent Five" was taken.

The Strategic Alliance Group is "a formal partnership... dedicated to tackling larger global crime issues, particularly organized crime".

The SAG has a subgroup of its own on cyber issues, the Strategic Alliance Cyber Crime Working Group.

Are there any other "Five" groups out there?

Update 12 May 2015:

Looks like a recent homefield meeting of the Ottawa Five, or maybe another group (the Bullying Five?), here: Mike Blanchfield, "Canada hosted Five Eyes meeting to target global cyberbullies: MacKay," Canadian Press, 11 May 2015.

Update 23 June 2016:

More from the law enforcers: the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group.

Update 16 December 2016:

Military Five Eyes fora.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Michael Heroux said

They say they don't torture but that's BS. My family and I have been tortured for years, and both of our daughter's have been murdered while working for them and The Justice Department Of Canada won't give us our information, they have denied us our personal information numerous times. They are no longer answering our access to information requests. We are still under surveilance and they won't tell us why and it has been almost 6 years now. The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada won't help us. We have disputed their decision to the Ad Hoc Privacy Commissioner in writing over 6 months ago and we never got a single reply back from him. We asked Steve Blaney for help and he won't get back to us, it has been over 2 months now. We contacted Suzanne Legault The Information Minister and she won't get back to us. Every government agency we have contacted for help is ignoring us and they won't tell us why. Christy Clark and Don Davies are the only ones who have gotten back to us and both of them said they can't help us. The BC Civil Liberties office finally gave us a responce and they told us that our case is so large that they don't have the resources to help us. The Canadian Civil Liberties Office won't even get back to us. The BC Human Rights office won't get back to us. The Canadian Human Right office won't get back to us. No government agency wants to take responsibility for what they have done to us. They tried to murder us and they have poisoned us numerous times. I have a painful tumor the size of a grapefruit growing in my abdomin, I have a hole in my stomach where the contents of whatever I eat leaks out into the abdominal cavity and burns my whole abdominal cavity. I have numerous painful smaller tumors spead throughout my abdomin. I can't even eat properly because the tumor takes up most of my stomach. I have a brain tumor growing in my head behind my right eye that is pushing my right eye forward and it has taken the hearing away in my right ear and the tumor extends down through my sinuses into my upper jaw. The last time I went to the hospital for treatment they called a uniformed RCMP officer to stand there in the ER and watch over me and when I finally got to see a doctor he didn't want to treat me and he got really rude with me and all he did was test my blood pressure and sent me home. We don't have money for a lawyer. The last time we applied for Legal Aid this summer they brought in an agent from outside the office and she said we have a security certificate on us and they said we don't qualify for Legal Aid. No one has ever told us anything about a security certificate. They have assaulted us numerous times in the last 6 years. They have kicked us out of Windsor, Ontario and Victoria, BC and Kamloops, BC and they are trying still to get us out of Vancouver, BC. So you tell me if they torture. Thanks for reading.

December 22, 2014 6:08 am  

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