Thursday, September 18, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Spy Machine
We know he loves total control. We know he rules by fear. We know he likes to muzzle his opponents.
But did you know that Stephen Harper has turned his entire government into a massive Spy Machine?
Ottawa has kept tabs on hundreds of demonstrations across Canada and around the world over the last eight years, from peaceful protests to public university lectures to riots. Newly released documents show about 800 public demonstrations and events were observed and reported on by government departments and law enforcement agencies since 2006.
And when you look at the list of those on his surveillance list it couldn't be more outrageous:
A panel discussion at Concordia University last September, discussing historical colonialism and race relations in Quebec. The RCMP prepared the report.
A rally in Ottawa by the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Canadian Union of Public Employees in May 2012.
Or in this case more OBSCENE...
A Montreal march and vigil for missing and murdered aboriginal women in September 2013.
For he will spend no money on an inquiry into that national tragedy. But he will pay his goons to spy on those who want the truth.
Or those who oppose his planet burning environmental policies.
A public discussion in Toronto on the oilsands in August 2013.
“The government has frozen out and refused to meet with indigenous peoples and environmental groups, yet devotes disproportionate resources to spying on them,” Liberal MP Scott Brison, whose office requested the data from Public Safety, said Wednesday.
“It would be much better to engage these groups meaningfully than to skulk around their meetings to hear what they’re thinking.”
But then why should anyone be surprised? When he is also using the Canada Revenue Agency to intimidate and punish those who dare challenge his policies.
Like the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
This is the truly ugly face of the Harper government — blithely brushing aside the basic democratic principle of tolerance for dissent as it shamelessly uses state resources to crack down on an organization doing nothing more than making the case for an alternative set of policies.
While casting a blind eye on all the right-wing think tanks that are sprouting like toad stools in this country.
Certainly the Canadian landscape is cluttered with right-wing think tanks — the Fraser Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Montreal Economic Institute, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Frontier Institute, just to name a few — all well-funded by a business elite keen to have its message packaged in a manner that makes it appear grounded in serious research.
These right-wing policy shops have played a huge role in implanting an ideology that treats the rich as ‘wealth creators’ who must be freed from government regulation — and whose goodwill must be constantly cultivated, lest they be discouraged from investing. This has boiled down to a simple message — government bad, private sector good — that has become the mantra of our times, the guiding force in shaping public policy.
And let's not forget the Con regime's so-called cyber-bullying bill which is really just a plan to spy on the internet...
To try to intimidate the only ones in this country he can't control.
And really what more can you say?
Except give a man who loves total power, and who lacks a moral compass, the power to use the government to spy on his enemies.
And you will end up in country you don't recognize...
You know, sometimes this country reminds of the frog in the pot story. If people don't wake-up soon they'll find themselves on that monster's plate.
But yeah, if only for that reason, for the sake of our democracy.
Remove that totalitarian freak and his Spy Machine from power.
Make our country safer...
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