Sunday, February 19, 2012
Vic Toews and the Hidden Hand
I've greatly enjoyed the humbling of Vic Toews, for I've never had any respect for that sinister totalitarian, religious bigot, and ghastly hypocrite.
And I completely agree with this.
Canadians expect better. I call on Mr. Toews to step down as Minister of Public Safety.
The buck stops with the Prime Minister. He must hold his cabinet members to account.
Toews must pay the price for introducing such a foul bill, smearing his opponents as supporters of child pornography, only to admit he didn't even understand what was in the legislation. It's called ministerial responsibility.
But here's my problem eh? By focusing entirely on Toews we are allowing the hidden hand, the shadowy operatives in the PMO, and their dark leader Stephen Harper, to get away with murder.
The ones who supervise all bills, approve the final version down to the last comma, give them Orwellian titles. And compel their ministers to parrot the party line.
To understand their motives you should read this detailed report on the effects of similar legislation in the United States and Britain. (PDF)
And one of its main conclusions:
Surreptitious government-mandated surveillance is damaging to civil liberties. The fear of being watched “can result in self-censorship... (the) “surveillance of normal, everyday activities can lead one to be distracted and feel inhibited...” and “threatens not only to chill the expression of eccentric individuality, but also, gradually, to dampen the force of our aspirations to it.”
Which helps explain why Vic Toews couldn't understand his own bill. Because it has nothing to do with fighting child pornography, and everything to do with intimidating the democratic opposition. By making us feel we are being watched, even when we're not.
Now ask yourself who is the control freak who requires that Con MP's clear even a speech to a Kiwanis Club with the PMO? Who is terrorizing the civil service and muzzling scientists? Who hates a free internet he can't control? Who loves absolute power, and likes to see fear in the eyes of others?
And I think you'll agree with me. Vic Toews should resign.
The bill should be killed.
Any surveillance law that is overbroad, facilitates overzealous enforcement of minor laws, and damages the free speech, search protections, and freedoms of association that are the lifeblood of a democracy is no law that a responsible citizenry could ever be expected to authorize or legislate of its own will. Any law that is so damaging to the fabric of a democracy must be either modified extensively or withdrawn.
And for the sake of our democracy.
The hidden hand must be exposed...