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Canadian special forces spy planes could monitor cell phone conversations over battlefields — and Canadian cities | National Post
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Canadian special forces spy planes could monitor cell phone conversations over battlefields — and Canadian cities | National Post

A new fleet of surveillance aircraft to be purchased for Canada’s special forces will give the military the ability to monitor cell phone conversations and collect other data while flying over foreign locations — and, if needed, over Canadian towns and cities.

That’s raising concern among some analysts about the potential lack of oversight for domestic missions, and the possibility the aircraft could be misused by government.

The spy planes are being purchased for Canadian special forces “to improve their understanding of the operational environment,” according to the Liberal government’s new defence policy.

A number of aerospace firms are already gearing up for a potential competition.

Source: Canadian special forces spy planes could monitor cell phone conversations over battlefields — and Canadian cities | National Post