The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The Canadian government will make a huge mistake if it decides to grant the RCMP, CSIS, and DND what could amount to a blanket exemption from certain parts of the Radiocommunication Act regarding the use of illegal radio jamming devices. They have already been given the right to use these devices, on a limited basis, for both the Summit of the G8 this week and the Papal visit at the end of next month. Commonly referred to as cell phone jammers or silencers, the devices give these organizations unprecedented powers to disrupt radio communications among average Canadians for loosely defined "national security" reasons. No one can question the legitimacy of protecting national security, especially in light of the events of last September. Governments around the world should be able to protect their citizens and their institutions from malicious and unscrupulous acts of terror. However, this doesn’t mean that national defence and security operations should be given the green light to turn on the devices whenever and wherever they see fit, without any scrutiny from an independent licensing body, all in the name of protecting national security. Under current rules, federal agencies have to apply to Industry Canada each time they want to potentially use jamming devices. However, the department has told the federal Cabinet that it has no business being the watchdog of these groups. No one can fault Industry Canada for not wanting to take on that role. But who is going to police the police? The APEC inquiry (and the MacDonald commission into the RCMP 25 years ago) showed that law enforcement authorities are not above bending the rules to achieve a desired goal or suit their own purposes. The use of jamming devices by security agencies must come under the watchful eye of an independent observer, perhaps the Privacy Commissioner. This government, particularly in the wake of ethics scandals, questionable contracts, and political posturing, should not be trusted with the role.