ShitHarperDid to execute “creative action” against Harper’s $1.2B CSEC spy castle

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Nov 26, 2013

ShitHarperDid action coordinator Brigette DePape. (Photo: ShitHarperDid)

ShitHarperDid action coordinator Brigette DePape. (Photo: ShitHarperDid)

On Wednesday, ShitHarperDid activists plan to execute a “creative action” targeting the $1.2 billion “spy castle” the Harper government is building for the secretive military spy agency Communications Security Establishment Canada or CSEC, right here in Ottawa.

The action is being coordinated by SHD founder Sean Devlin and Brigette DePape – the former Senate page who held up a “Stop Harper” sign in the House of Commons soon after the 2011 federal election.

As if the dictatorship-style climate of fear, silence and secrecy currently pervading Canada under the Conservatives wasn’t enough, the top secret complex will boost the agency’s ability to hack into computers, read emails and intercept phone calls.

“We are planning a ShitHarperDid creative action for here in Ottawa to shine light on Conservative creeping which will be featured in ShitHarperDid’s newest film. It’s part of our latest campaign:,” DePage told me in an email. “Conservatives are Facebook and email spying on First Nations advocates, land defenders, opposition groups, migrants, and others opposing the Conservative agenda. We will be taking action to oppose this spying and the new billion dollar Spy Castle for Internet spying.”

A lawsuit filed by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in the B.C. Supreme Court challenges legality of CSEC’s spying activities against Canadians. The lawsuit argues that two aspects of CSEC’s operations violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ protections against unreasonable search and seizure and infringe on free expression:

1)    The interception of the private communications of Canadians;

2)    The sweeping collection of metadata information produced by Canadians in their everyday activities online and through phone conversations.

Related: Civil Liberties Group Sues Spy Agency Over Illegal Spying On Canadians

For SHD, the group behind these smart viral Shit Harper Did videos, the CSEC project is also a taxpayer-funded effort to expand the government’s ability to spy on groups opposed to the Conservative agenda while “systematically dismantling our ability to access information on what they do with our money.”

“Invading our privacy while telling us less and less about what they do with our money,” SHD says on this page on its website. “Let’s drag this creepy Conservative behaviour out of the shadows and into the light. Help produce a documentary and direct action campaign.”

The page also gives “7 reasons why the Harper Conservatives are creepier than you think”.

Documents released by whistle-blower and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden confirm that CSEC also works closely with foreign intelligence agencies in the so-called “Five Eyes” program involving Canada, Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the U.S. These agencies share intelligence on each other’s citizens.

The CBC has called the new CSEC complex “the most expensive Canadian government building ever constructed.”  As the national broadcaster reported in October:

CSEC officially estimates the complex will cost $880 million. But sources close to the project say it will be closer to $1.2 billion by the time all the associated costs are tallied.The new CSEC headquarters will have more floor space than the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and its cost would build several big city hospitals…

The nerve centre of the agency is a separate concrete bunker the size of a football field, home to what is being touted as the most powerful super-computer in the country, along with its mammoth electrical power generators and cooling systems.

When fully operational, the data centre alone will apparently suck up enough electricity to light much of the nation’s capital…

When Canada’s eavesdropping spooks aren’t at their desks, they will be able to enjoy the expansive grounds around the CSEC complex now being fully landscaped with lawns, gardens, trees, nature trails and a couple of duck ponds.

Finally, a large glass walkway will ultimately connect the new CSEC headquarters to its next-door neighbour, Canada’s better-known and more traditional spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS.

By comparison with the current CSEC project, the CSIS headquarters complex houses more spooks at about a quarter of the price.

Wednesday’s action is part of SHD’s planned documentary which the collective explains on its website as follows:

Together if we raise $12,000, we will create a groundbreaking short documentary that will:

– Do our best to get answers from Canada’s controversial CSEC spy agency. They’ve already told us that we were the first people to ever ask them for an on camera interview!

– Give a national stage to the important stories of the victims of surveillance like Cindy Blackstock.

– Talk to Canada’s leading expert on Access to Information and Privacy law, reflecting back government transparency and accountability issues in vivid and memorable ways.

– Feature innovative creative action organized by SHD action coordinator Brigette DePape and Yes Men co-conspirator Sean Devlin.

SHD launched just before the 2011 federal elections with a serious humorous takes Harper’s worst policy decisions meant to inspire young Canadians to become politically active citizens. Earlier this year, SHD relaunched its website with – emphasis on political organization and action.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on

One thought on “ShitHarperDid to execute “creative action” against Harper’s $1.2B CSEC spy castle”

  1. davechappel54321 says:

    Michael Heroux said
    The Justice Department Of Canada finally got back to us after ignoring us for over a month. They are now saying they won’t give us our information they have on us to look over, and they told us they will not answer anymore of our requests and to get The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada to investigate why they won’t give us our information. We have contacted The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada numerous times since November 30 2013, the same day the former Privacy Commissioner Of Canada stepped down. We want them to investigate why the The Justice Department Of Canada won’t give us our information, but The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada won’t help us get our information. They keep telling us they need concrete proof for them to investigate to get our information. It doesn’t make sence to us. Since we were told to move back to British Columbia in 2009 from Windsor Ontario for our own safety, we have been kicked out of numerous apartments because of the agents harassment and we have been kicked out of Victoria B.C. and Kamloops B.C. by the police and they are now trying to kick us out of Vancouver British Columbia. They now have 2 apartments around us. They have one beside us and they have one above us. They use both apartments and they are working in shifts. They monitor us from the the above apartment and when the one agent is above us monitoring us the other agent is sleeping in the apartment beside us. Approximately every 12 hours they switch, the one upstairs will move to the lower apartment and rest and the one that is rested will take his place. It has been that way now for over 5 years. We know the agent above us is doing the monitoring because when we start talking about them they will start stomping on the ceiling until we stop talking about them. They will also stomp on the ceiling when we are posting online about them, they will try to block our postings by messing around with our internet and they will start stomping. That is the only time they stomp on the ceiling. They don’t like us talking about them or posting about them. The first assasination attempt against us was in January 2013 when we went to find our one daughter that was working for them to investigate us in 2008. We went back to Windsor Ontario to find her and we were there for a month looking for her but we couldn’t find her. Just before we came back to British Columbia they sent a gunman to murder my family and I. It was later that year in 2013 that a stranger approached us and told us our daughters had been murdered. We are not sure what to do now. We are on Government disability and we cannot afford a lawyer to represent us and the Government won’t give us our information for a lawsuit against them. They won’t let us post on certain forums anymore, not even Craigslist, they keep blocking our posts on there now. In 2008 an agent told us that the Canadian Craigslist servers were controled by the Harper Government. We were told they made a deal with Criag and that Buckmaster guy otherwise they would block them from Canada. Sounds strange to me. They won’t let us post on The Globe And Mail website anymore either. Thanks for reading.

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