Stephen Harper continues to chip away at our, Canadian, civil liberties. This time it’s more police powers, secret unwarranted arrest with no oversight, et cetera. Here you will find these words: (quoted text in italics)
Stephen Harper is proposing the most sweeping increase in power for Canadian security agencies since the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, including jail time for encouraging terrorism on the Internet, while playing down concerns over the impact on civil liberties.
Mr. Harper rejected a reporter’s question about whether this might conflict with civil liberties, saying it’s his rivals who worry about that. “This is really what we get from our opposition, that every time we talk about security, they suggest that somehow our freedoms are threatened,” the Prime Minister said.
Asked whether Ottawa would distinguish between real jihadis and a teenager making idle talk in his basement when it comes to statements that encourage terrorism, Mr. Harper signalled the government doesn’t intend to make exceptions for people.
Extending the length of time authorities can detain suspected terrorists for up to seven days from three.
allowing Ottawa to bar those whom the government believes are heading abroad to take part in terrorist activities.
To the civil liberties activists trying to question this, the Harper government’s answer is, “Over the last few years a great evil has been descending over our world,”
May I point out that it is six thousand times more likely that I will be killed in Chicago than in Israel. My chances of being killed by a terrorist in Canada are less than being hit by lightning.
Edward Snowden made some comments on this kind of legislation, which you can find here. You will find these words:
“We saw on Friday the Prime Minister of Canada proposed a new law,” Mr. Snowden told a teenaged Toronto audience via an Internet link on Monday night.
He told the high school students that they should “always be extraordinarily cautious” and press for answers, whenever governments rely on “fear and panic” to set up powers that can be exercised in secret.
Now for some comic relief. Here you will find a Toronto Star article on how our secrecy agencies want to expand their scope and power.
They clearly describe themselves as incompetent. Here are a few quotes:
The documents stated the Forces could harness “all of (the) strengths and capabilities” of the overall intelligence community, and should gain an understanding the complexities of Canada’s domestic and foreign spy agencies.
In other words, they don’t understand Canada’s domestic and foreign spy agencies, which is themselves.
Just to make you feel worse, here’s another quote:
Christopher Parsons, an intelligence and security researcher with Citizen Lab in Toronto, said the planned structure seemed similar to the integrated intelligence operations in Afghanistan. Under the plan, CJOC could function as a “clearing house” for defence intelligence, Parsons said.
“(The plan looked) to be building the infrastructure so it can be used in peace time and in active combat environments, and everything in between,” Parsons said in an interview.
In short, our intelligence community intends to run this like a war. With wartime powers and wartime lack of accountability.
Have a nice day.