If you watch this, turn down the sound a bit, read the captions, and prepare to laugh loudly.
In early March 2012, I asked the same, putting the question to major political parties and Elections Canada.
“Why doesn’t Elections Canada just check the Conservative’s voter information database (CIMS) for who queried the phone numbers used for illegal robocalls? “
If the CPC was cooperating with the investigation, why did it take nearly three months for Hamilton to arrange an interview with Guelph campaign worker Andrew Prescott for lead investigator Al Mathews, and why did national campaign director Jenni Byrne advise Prescott not to talk to Mathews before she talked to a lawyer?
Recall last year when the media begged me to clarify that my satirical piece about Elections Canada giving up, was satire? It actually hit too close to home.
“After 34 months on the scent of corruption most foul, Elections Canada may soon be calling off the hounds.”
SATIRE: “Commissioner Yevs Cote told Postmedia’s Stephen McMaher, “It’s been really difficult for investigators to obtain evidence when the trail led to the United States, as we have no power there.””
REALITY: “[Pierre Poutine] created an email address for himself — email@example.com When EC investigators tried to get account information for that address, Google claimed that it was an American company that operated under American law and did not have to comply with the court order.”
It apparently doesn’t matter if the Canadian spy agencies don’t spy on Canadians. To be clear though, the Ed Snowden leaks make it clear that they do spy on us.
Canada’s intelligence agency deliberately kept the country’s Federal Court “in the dark” to bypass the law in order to outsource its spying on Canadian citizens abroad to foreign security agencies, a federal judge said.
Federal Court Judge, Richard Mosley, has slammed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for knowingly misleading him on numerous occasions.
Why does a telephone company get charged with paying $21,000 for breaching privacy, but CSIS and CSEC continue to violate all Canadians privacy in similarly damaging manners? Why the double standard in law enforcement?
ADDED: If you need me to explain why these two privacy stories go together, let me know.
1.) Canada cloud haven? The NSA is supposed to spy on non-Americans.
2.)CSEC admits it spies on Canadians “incidentally”.
Long story short, a French iPhone 4 with an Orange.fr SIM that was apparently locked did not work after an update from Jailbroken 4.1 to Apple iOS 7.0.4.
To fix it I installed a Rogers SIM that wasnt active, then iTunes would activate the iPhone again so it could be used as an iPod Touch.
I cut the Rogers SIM down to be a micro SIM using a template found on the Internet.
The Orange SIM could be put back in the iPhone after that point. It wasn’t providing service in Canada before or after anyway.
The Evasi0n jailbreak worked when tried three days before writing this.
German leader flat out states that Obama’s government is little better than the East German Stasi.
“In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.
The German chancellor also told the US president that America’s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.
Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine that the Americans were listening in to her personal mobile phone, Merkel confronted Obama with the accusation: “This is like the Stasi.””
Bell isn’t much better. They sought unowed money from my parents, after my parents regularly paid their bills to Bell, and had credit card statements to prove it, but Bell’s accounting department was in such a mess, it had multiple places to send money to, and didn’t communicate balances across their offices apparently.
The comment section of the CBC story about Rogers is littered with other people who’ve had similar disasters with national wireless companies. Yet the Con’s ‘thrown’ speech they are tossing at Canadians is said to make it easier for people to get into billing arrangements with these vampire companies. Pick-and-Pay? More like Pay-and-Pray you don’t rue the day you signed away your money to these cable and wireless goons.
With the Robocalls trial under way, some newer information is becoming public. That’s no thanks to the judge who has imposed a partial publication ban on investigative documents.
One person with a legitimate account to make robocalls at RackNine, was Andrew Prescott. On Thursday he wrote me to bring to my attention a new detail other than Rogers’ IP mistake brought up in court. Apparently Matt Meier of RackNine made an error initially in linking Prescott’s RackNine robocall account to a proxy server in Saskatchewan. The same proxy server was used by Pierre Poutine to order illegal robocalls for Guelph’s non-Conservative electors.
[Investigator] Mathews had traced the misleading calls in Guelph to an account with RackNine, a company that provides clients the ability to make automated phone calls to thousands of people at once. The account, under the pseudonym “Pierre Jones,” accessed RackNine using a specific IP address,
“The true subscriber for [the IP address] during the timeframe requested was ‘The Marty Burke Campaign,’” Mathews said.
ADDED: Catch additional details to this timeline in an update.
All times ET.
April 30, 2011 5:30 p.m.
Andrew Prescott, the campaign staffer who dealt with RackNine for voice broadcasts, or robocalls, replies to an email by Ken Morgan, the campaign manager, and Sona. Morgan and Sona had asked Prescott to provide the contact information for RackNine. RackNine President Matt Meier only provides his direct line to current clients.
A $75 pre-paid Visa card is purchased at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Scottsdale Drive in Guelph.
A pre-paid cell phone, or burner phone, is bought at Future Shop on Stone Road West in Guelph for $45.30. The buyer pays cash and activates the phone under the name “Pierre Poutine,” using the same gmail address that later communicates with Meier. Mathews says in the affidavit that he has driven between the Shoppers and the Future Shop, and they are 1.3 kilometres apart, nearly in a straight line.
The firstname.lastname@example.org account is created. Mathews says in his affidavit that Google has confirmed the email account was created at the same IP address used by the Burke Conservative campaign.
Below is the information Prescott asked me to share with my readers. (His first email is at the bottom.)
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:23:02 -0600
Subject: Re: EC’s correction RE: Proxy Servers
From: andrew christianconservative.ca
To: saskboy hotmail.com
Because EC finally “officially” verified my side of things re: the proxy server. Not much point trying to wave my hands in the air screaming “BUT IT WASN’T ME!” when the printed “evidence” looked pretty convincing.
Again, no hard feelings… You were going only on what info was out there, and you didn’t know me well enough to know any better. A number of prominent Libs and CPC bloggers have reached out to me in private to offer their support, but that’s only cause they know the integrity of my character.
All the best,
On Friday, August 30, 2013, Saskboy From SK wrote:
May I ask why you waited until now to contact me to ask me to reveal your version of what happened? That article is nearly a year old.
I wrote it, of course, assuming that you would… Thanks for asking though. ;-)
Be nice. ;-)
On Friday, August 30, 2013, Saskboy From SK wrote:
Do you mind if I post this email to my blog?
Sent from my unlocked iPad
On 2013-08-29, at 5:26 PM, “Andrew Prescott” wrote:
You went pretty hard at me back in December, over the issue of proxy server use. (https://saskboy.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/concalls-proxy-investigation-robocon/)
Yesterday, EC corrected the record… they confirmed what I’ve said all along, that I in fact never used a proxy server. (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/08/29/robocalls-investigator-suspected-that-others-were-involved-elections-canada-sworn-statement-reveals/)
While I don’t expect that I’ll ever be able to convince you of my innocence, it’s the truth.
That being said, no hard feelings… based on the information that was printed, I can see why you jumped to the conclusions you did. Heck, as an IT guy myself, even I’d think that I must have done it.
But my moral code would never let me do anything like that.
Just hoping to appeal to your sense of right, and see if you’d like to correct the record on your blog.
Thanks for your time,
Here’s the last of the CBC timeline as learned from court.
May 2, 2011, 4:54 p.m.
“Pierre Jones’s” account accesses RackNine but the access is stored in internal RackNine logs as Prescott’s user number. The session is left logged in as Prescott’s user ID.
The Conservative Party has been giving Elections Canada a hard time during the investigation.
I never realized the famous voice that said, “You’ve Got Mail” on AOL, was actually some guy from the NSA.
Do you ever feel like no one is listening to you? Just pick up a phone, & dial. The NSA is there no matter what number you call. You probably shouldn’t find that comforting, however.
Here’s how to let the NSA know when you’re having sex:
1.) Buy a Nike (or related) workout monitor, or keep your (smart) cell phone (or tablet) on your person or the soft surface where you are engaged in intercourse.
2.) Ensure the workout arm band or cell phone is turned on and uploading your statistics to the Net.
You’re done. You’re an accidental exhibitionist in the NSA’s all seeing electronic eyes.
I’ve described cell phones as “digital leashes” for spouses, for years. It’s not too far off from the truth, is it?
iPhones have had apps available for years now, which track sleeping patterns based on bed movement, in order to set off an alarm to wake a person up at an ideal point in their sleep cycle. They do not all filter out bed movement from activities other than sleeping.
MPs should not be driving, they should be walking, biking, or taking the OC Transpo.
I love the way Parliament Hill security is now apparently leaking against unpopular MPs. This town isn't like Bucharest in 1975 at all.—
Paul Wells (@InklessPW) June 18, 2013