Matthew asked whether Lockheed Martin has a role in the 2016 Census.
Short answer: Yes – the clincher: Canada has obligations because of its partnerships with other nations on censuses, and Lockheed Martin is part of that collaboration. Lockheed Martin’s role is in “steerage”.
Search on words “Lockheed Martin” on StatsCan website.
There are expense claims that help document collaboration on censuses. Several countries are involved. That I knew from information given by StatsCan witness Anil Arora, at my trial (2008).
The additional piece of evidence to be inferred from the expense claims (2009, 2010) is that Lockheed Martin is definitely a part of the collaboration (probably always has been).
The evidence by StatsCan witness Anil Arora at my trial was that the countries are striving for compatibility, i.e. the data bases on citizens in various countries, through their census operations, will be compatible. In the words of Canada-U.S. agreement on “Defence”, the goal is “inter-operability” (compatibility is required if you want inter-operability). Loss of sovereignty (the Lockheed Martin – NSA link) is merely collateral damage I suppose.
I would call the collaborative censuses among specified nations a component of international surveillance, under the “steerage” of Lockheed Martin (using the wording of the Travel Expense Claims).
The Important Considerations:
- Collaboration among specified nations on censuses, with Lockheed Martin steerage
It is VERY IMPORTANT to know about Five Eyes. 2014-09-26 Journalists and whistleblowers will go to jail under new national security laws, Australia, The Guardian. (Includes info on Five Eyes (FVEY) (Australia is one of the collaborating countries.)
With or without that background, take a look at the APPENDED Travel Expenses by the Assistant Chief Statistician (Canada).
Lockheed Martin is a participant in the Collaborations among countries on censuses (U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the “Five Eyes” at least).
What do you make of its role in the census meetings – – “Lockheed Martin Senior Management Steering Committee“?
ONE of the Travel Claims from Canada’s Asst Chief Statistician, for example, reads:
|. . . Participate at the 2010 Meeting of the International Census Forum and Lockheed Martin Senior Management Steering Committee Meeting|
2. What actions arise out of the information?
If you find the idea of surveillance repugnant (American Corporate Empire with means and values infiltrated into Canada), you will find ways to contribute to the resistance. Never underestimate the value of simply “spreading the word” so more people are empowered – – they know what’s going on and can decide how to respond to the Census in May and on-going StatsCan surveys.
We have been in contact in the past with some U.K.ers who were fighting Lockheed Martin’s involvement in their censuses. And contributed to debate on the American side when their Census Bureau contracted 100,000 workers to go building-to-building in the U.S. to enter GPS coordinates on census records.
It is important to see this for what it is – – success turns on resistance in more than just Canada. You come to understand the need to contact people you know and organizations in the 5 Eyes countries.
Even if only half of us communicate with some of our contacts, it will make a difference.
The Red Herring Considerations:
1. What has StatsCan announced to the Canadian public?
As far as I am aware, StatsCan has NOT made a statement to the public to say that Lockheed Martin’s involvement with StatsCan has ended.
Audrey Tobias, Janet Churnin, and Eve Stegenga were three who refused to cooperate with the 2011 census because of out-sourcing to Lockheed Martin Corp. They were prosecuted. Audrey’s trial was in October 2013, Toronto, followed by Janet’s. Eve’s trial was in July 2014, Powell River BC.
At Audrey’s trial the StatsCan witness, under oath testified that “Lockheed Martin was out” – – StatsCan had listened to the continuing outrage of Canadians and taken corrective action. Lockheed Martin was no longer involved at StatsCan.
Given the significance of the issue:
- 2011 Census non-compliance rate of 11%, a more than five-fold increase over the 2006 Census. The numbers for 2011 were provided under oath by the StatsCan witness (Yves Beland, then head of Census Operations) at the Tobias trial. The non-compliance rate for 2006 was 2%, according to StatsCan reports to the media, at the time. )
- the prosecutions: so even though StatsCan testified that “Lockheed Martin is out”, and the reason for the non-compliance was Lockheed Martin, they prosecuted regardless. Bad enough their arrogance – – Audrey Tobias was 89-years-old and Janet Churnin was 79 years old. Eve Stegenga is a self-employed yoga instructor who could ill afford the time and lost revenue required for research, preparation, numerous court appearances, and a pile of stress. (Years later the decision still puzzles me. It is as though insiders in StatsCan and the Justice Dept, in a position where they had to select people for prosecution, deliberately chose people who had the potention to ultimately embarrass StatsCan, drawing more attention to what was going on. Or maybe they simply underestimated the power of women, even elderly ones.)
IF a decision had been made to end Lockheed Martin’s participation at StatsCan, surely it was StatsCan’s duty to report that to the Canadian public.
I double-checked the StatsCan website – – maybe there was an announcement I missed? A search on “Lockheed” shows “0 results”. But if you search “All” records, there are “4 results” two of which (appended) are Expense claims from Peter Morrison related to meetings with Lockheed Martin in 2010 and 2009 about the Census.
Given that a search on the StatsCan website yields only the Travel Expenses Claims, and other searches, I say with some confidence that StatsCan has not made a statement to the public. (I should be able to find a Press Release, for example.) (See below – – StatsCan CREDIBILITY GAP)
2. One “BUT”, leads to another “BUT”
The transcript for the Audrey Tobias trial contains a statement that Lockheed is out.
If true, it would represent a huge victory for Canadians against the Military-Industrial complex.
BUT, as evidenced by the expense claims of Peter Morrison (scroll down) StatsCan is enmeshed in collaborative censuses (U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Canada AND Lockheed Martin). You have to be realistic in assessing the evidence given by Yves Beland (StatsCan) at the Tobias Trial.
THE TOBIAS TRANSCRIPT, LOCKHEED MARTIN IS “OUT”
The testimony of the StatsCan witness Yves Beland, Director of Census Operations Division, tells
a. StatsCan was getting resistance to Lockheed Martin’s involvement from the beginning (2004) during the development period.
b. StatsCan reacted by “scaling back” substantially on the Lockheed contract for the 2006 Census.
c. StatsCan cut again, down to $20 million contract for Lockheed for the 2011 Census.
d. Resistance continued and so
e. Lockheed will be completely out of it by the next census (2016).
The only source I know for “Lockheed Martin is “out”” is this transcript of the Tobias trial which ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE have seen.
So, from the transcript of the testimony by Yves Beland, StatsCan had made a decision before the Tobias trial (Oct 2013) IN SPITE OF WHICH StatsCan and the Justice Dept proceeded with the prosecutions of Audrey Tobias, Janet Churnin and Eve Stegenga all of whom were on trial because they objected to Lockheed’s involvement in the 2011 Census.
The administration of Justice is brought into disrepute.
3. StatsCan’s record on truthfulness
You have to address the StatsCan CREDIBILITY GAP in arriving at any conclusions about
Lockheed Martin’s current (2016) involvement in the StatsCan Data Base on Canadians.
You also have to be very careful about word-smithing by StatsCan, as noted in the posting about Lockheed Martin is “out”.
StatsCan CREDIBILITY GAP
• Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald did a good job of explaining that under the auspices of the NSA, backdoor entry to data bases is established if American “security” forces cannot obtain legal front door access. Lockheed Martin is a contractor to the NSA. Both entities are surveillance specialists; both see themselves as being outside the rule of law. The data base at StatsCan will contain the on-going collection of data through censuses AND surveys. Your name is on your file (established during the cross-examination of the StatsCan witness at my trial). All in all, EVEN IF Lockheed Martin is “out”, a backdoor entry to the data base will be in place.
[The interest of the Americans in obtaining access to information on ALL Canadians is known through mainstream media report, Ottawa Citizen 2008. The means? Well, we have the “President of the Americas for Lockheed Martin” quoted in Maclean’s Magazine Sept 2006. Lockheed’s position at StatsCan was in place by then. Ron Covais was speaking in general when he said, The Ministers have told us, Tell us what you want, we’ll see that you get it. This was how things were to work because as he said, they (corporates) knew they couldn’t get what they wanted through normal democratic channels; they would get it this way, working through the bureaucracy and agencies of Government. I won’t repeat here how Lockheed Martin works, nor what collaboration with them means.]
• StatsCan claims that the Statistics Act gives them authority to take away citizens’ Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information. Most people know that Rights provided under Constitutional Law cannot be taken away by a regular act of Parliament. Under Constitutional Law, in order for the Government to take away a Charter Right it has to meet the criteria set out in the Oakes Test. As far as I know, StatsCan / the Justice Dept has not applied to the Courts to see if they can meet the criteria, so the Charter Right stands. StatsCan’s assertions to citizens that the Statistics Act gives them authority to take away Charter Rights is bogus.
• StatsCan proceeded with prosecution of 3 women AFTER the claimed decision (Lockheed Martin is “out”) was made – why would they do that if Lockheed Martin was indeed “out”? The reason for dissent by all 3 women was Lockheed Martin’s involvement.
• StatsCan continues to tell citizens “it is the Law”, you have to fill in (for example) the National Household Survey (formerly known as the long-form Census) when the Statistics Act says that participation in surveys is NOT mandatory (the sanctions for census non-compliance do not apply). StatsCan uses a serious lie to intimidate and coerce citizens into providing information protected by the Charter Right.
• According to the actual numbers provided by Yves Beland, StatsCan Director of Census Operations, at the Audrey Tobias trial, the non-compliance rate for the 2011 Census is 11%, not the 2% figure they supply to the media. (StatsCan insists that 13 million out of 14.6 million is 98% compliance. It is 89% compliance. Do the math.)
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So there we are, Matthew. Is Lockheed Martin part of the 2016 Census? I would say yes. StatsCan has never made a statement to the public to say that the StatsCan contracts with Lockheed Martin have ended. StatsCan’s credibility provides no basis for believing what they say. So you have to figure it out.
To me, the CLINCHER is this: Lockheed Martin is a component of the 5 Eyes partnership which commits Canada to collaboration and conformity with other nations in Census operations.
If people do not understand that this is about surveillance, they need to read (related to Bill C-51) 2014-09-26 Journalists and whistleblowers will go to jail under new national security laws, Australia, The Guardian. (Includes info on Five Eyes (FVEY)
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(In case the links to the Expense Claims on the StatsCan website become invalid, screen captures of four of the Claims are pasted onto one word document, see bottom of this posting.)
Morrison, Peter, Assistant Chief Statistician
Travel expenses – 2010
|January 28, 2010||ARCHIVED – Lockheed Martin Steering Committee Meeting||$909.88|
|September 22, 2010||ARCHIVED – Corporate Business Architecture presentation to Regional Offices||$1,523.32|
|October 11, 2010||ARCHIVED – Participate at the 2010 Meeting of the International Census Forum and Lockheed Martin Senior Management Steering Committee Meeting||$2,062.94|
|October 21, 2010||ARCHIVED – Corporate Business Architecture presentation to Central Regional Office and visit to Regional Census Centre||$1,128.14|
Morrison, Peter, Assistant Chief Statistician
Travel expenses – 2009
|June 17, 2009||ARCHIVED – To visit the Regional Offices in Vancouver and Edmonton||$1,478.68|
|June 22, 2009||ARCHIVED – To attend the Steering Committee Meeting with Lockheed Martin and visit the United States Data Processing Centre (DPC) site||$1,262.61|
|August 10, 2009||ARCHIVED – EX interviews||$684.78|
|September 7, 2009||ARCHIVED – International Census Forum 2009||$4,369.27|