WTH is an “Internet Firearms Investigator?”

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As if things weren’t already Machiavellian enough for Canadian gun owners, Calibre is reporting that the RCMP are apparently looking for a whole new kind of snoop.  Apparently, crawling up your rear end with a magnifying glass and burrowing about into your sex life just aren’t enough to keep the Mounties amused anymore.  Nope, now they seem to be finding themselves feeling that internet voyeurism itch.

Because, of course, nothing keeps the nation safer than expending the resources and exercising the coercive power of the state against people who aren’t doing a damn thing to anybody and just want to be left the hell alone

Do you enjoy scrolling through Canada’s various gun websites and forums? Is every tablet, phone, and computer you own have at least one browser tab open to gunownersofcanada.ca and reddit.com/r/canadaguns simultaneously? Have you gone through the rite of passage that is being banned from that other Canadian gun forum at least once? If so, and if you work for the federal government already, an internally posted job listing might be of interest to you. Posted on the Public Service Jobs website, on behalf of the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program, is a job many Canadian gun enthusiasts (might) dream of: That of an “RCMP internet firearms investigator.”

What does a potentially successful applicant look like? Well, they have all the usual and expected skills and abilities, such as using databases (cough *firearms reference table* cough), spreadsheets, word processors, etc. They also have open source investigation experience, and internet research experience. And of course, being firearms investigators, knowledge of the Criminal Code and Firearms Act is handy, too. Oh, and they have “knowledge of open source techniques/methodologies on the Internet and Darknet.” If that doesn’t give some clue to the position’s potential role, the listing also calls for potential experience using 3D printing and TAILS; an anonymous live distribution of the Linux operating system made famous by none other than Edward Snowden.

Yeah, the Grits are in charge again, aren’t they?

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