From September 10-21, various parts of the city of Montreal are serving as a venue for the 2018 Contested Urban Environment Experiment (CUE). These war exercises are being conducted under the auspices of the Five Eyes, a U.S.-led global spying network that also includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Established in 1947 by the U.S. and the UK under the name ECHELON to spy on the USSR, the Five Eyes Alliance specializes in espionage and surveillance against foreign companies and governments as well as against their respective citizens, among other things.
In 2013, former CIA agent Edward Snowden described the Five Eyes as “a supra-national intelligence organization that doesn’t answer to the laws of its own countries.”
Canada, having been integrated into U.S. homeland security, is actively involved in war, espionage and imperialist destabilization. For example, on October 6, 2013, it was revealed that Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) — a Five Eyes member agency — had spied on the Minister and the Ministry of Energy and Mines in Brazil, as well as internal and diplomatic communications between the Brazilian government and other governmental and international organizations.
Canada’s Department of National Defence is presenting the war exercises as being conducted in Montreal “in support of advancing research around how to best conduct military operations in what is being called ‘complex urban environments.’”
The newspaper La Presse reports that no less than 150 scientists and about 100 soldiers will test different technologies, including a network-connected tactical vest to facilitate the exchange of information between soldiers on the ground and their superiors.
A prototype “portable observation post,” combining three types of cameras, will also be tested, along with motorized exo-skeleton technology to assist soldiers in lifting heavy objects to conserve their strength over long distances.
Communications and command and control technologies, such as ground-based and airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems will also be tested. The website “45e Nord” also cites such technology as a “surveillance and reconnaissance” system (used during the recent G7 summit in Charlevoix), a new type of protective wall intended to replace sandbags, and a vehicle or truck-based mobile barrier system that detects biological material using a laser.
CUE 18 Experiment Director Patrick Maupin said that civilian communications are not being monitored and are not part of the experiment.
The war exercises are taking place at the Kondiaronk Belvedere at the summit of Mount Royal, near Silo No. 5, in Montreal’s Old Port and on Mountain Street. The operations’ command centre is located at the Côte-des-Neiges Armory, where scientists will analyze all the data collected through the sensors that the soldiers are equipped with.
(TML, Wikipedia, Department of National Defence, La Presse, 45e Nord)
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