Internet Surveillance and Boomerang Routing: A Call for Canadian Network Sovereignty

Derek Andrew Derek.Andrew at
Sun Sep 8 15:54:44 UTC 2013

The topic of Canadian network sovereignty has been part of the Canadian
conscience since the failure of CANNET back in the 1970s.

Canadians citizens, on Canadian soil, already supply feeds directly to the
NSA. Rerouting Internet traffic would make no difference.

On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM, Paul Ferguson <fergdawgster at>wrote:

> A Canadian ISP colleague of mine suggested that the NANOG constituency
> might be interested in this, given some recent 'revelations', so I
> forward it here for you perusal.
> "Preliminary analysis of more than 25,000 traceroutes reveals a
> phenomenon we call ‘boomerang routing’ whereby Canadian-to-Canadian
> internet transmissions are routinely routed through the United States.
> Canadian originated transmissions that travel to a Canadian destination
> via a U.S. switching centre or carrier are subject to U.S. law -
> including the USA Patriot Act and FISAA. As a result, these
> transmissions expose Canadians to potential U.S. surveillance activities
> – a violation of Canadian network sovereignty."
> Cheers,
> - ferg
> --
> Paul Ferguson
> Vice President, Threat Intelligence
> Internet Identity, Tacoma, Washington  USA
> IID --> "Connect and Collaborate" -->

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