Saturday, January 31, 2015
The Terror Laws and the Madness of Stephen Harper
When I saw Stephen Harper delivering his deranged speech on terrorism at a campaign-style event in a Toronto suburb yesterday, at first I almost felt sorry for him.
Because that's not the face of a well man. That's the face of desperate leader cracking up before our eyes.
But my sympathy didn't last long. Because this is INSANITY.
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.
“Over the last few years a great evil has been descending over our world,” said the Prime Minister, who announced the legislation in a campaign-style event in the Greater Toronto Area. “Jihadi terrorism is one of the most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced.”
And this is the face of the BEAST...
The face of the diseased demagogue, the ghastly bully, the death head of political depravity. Who would use a war to knife his opponents.
The prime minister's speech was clear and well staged. A friendly crowd applauded on cue. His pose was the stern statesman, on guard for thee. But, it wasn't all statesman, all the time. It's still an election year and Stephen Harper did not forget to stick a knife in the opposition.
And who when asked if he was concerned about civil liberties did reply like this:
"This is really what we get from our opposition," he alleged. "That every time we talk about security, they suggest that somehow, our freedoms are threatened ... I think Canadians understand that, more often than not, their freedom and security go hand in hand ... We do not buy the argument that every time you protect Canadians you somehow take away their liberties."
And lie like a thief.
Once again, nobody's actually making that argument. In fact, Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair said the opposite, agreeing that security and liberty can coexist just fine. "We are capable of doing both at the same time," said Mulcair. "We'll make sure that this bill ensures that, and we'll ask the appropriate questions."
Over and over again:
So the prime minister's in combat with a straw man, the only one saying security means the end of freedom.
For the sole purpose of using a war, and the lives of our troops, as a way to scare Canadians into voting for him. And as a weapon to bludgeon the opposition.
As only a Con hog could could...
For what else can you call a monster who would fan the flames of fear for crass political purposes? Smear his decent opponents. Infect a country with his moral depravity. And try to turn it into a police state.
With terror laws that are not needed, because we have all the legal weapons we need to fight the threat of terrorism. We just haven't used them or used them effectively.
Terror laws that as Thomas Walkom reminds us, would take us back to the days when the Mounties were burning barns in Quebec.
In those far-off days, most Canadians thought that it made little sense to have officers sworn to uphold the law break it. That theory, it seems, is no longer in vogue. Bill C-51 explicitly gives CSIS the right to contravene both the law and the Constitution’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Violate the Charter of Rights, and target the internet:
The government would criminalize the communication of statements that promote and advocate terrorism. This section seems to be aimed primarily at the Internet and, subject to a judge’s warrant, would allow police to seize printed or electronic material that they believe to be terrorist propaganda. The definition of propaganda in the bill includes any writing or “sign” that promotes terrorism.
One of the last bastions of freedom in this broken country.
And how could we ever trust Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime?
When they have called environmentalists "terrorists," would make it a crime to threaten the "economic stability" of Canada, whatever that means.
And there is no massive Jihadi apocalypse hanging over us. Two dead soldiers do not a war make. And climate change and economic inequality are the two greatest threats we face.
Except in the diseased mind of the little man in the closet...
Who was clearly so traumatized by that sorry episode, and has been rendered so desperate by the death of his oily delusions of grandeur.
That he is now threatening to turn the next election campaign into a fascist nightmare. A grotesque, militaristic campaign of fear the likes of which this country has never seen before.
A campaign as insane as he is...
For he has gone over the deep end. Just look at him.
He is the greatest terrorist threat Canada faces.
And unless he is stopped he will plunge this country into madness.
And take us to a very dark place...
Where evil rules, and freedom and decency go to die.
Now more than ever.
Fight him, fight him, fight him.
Don't let him win...
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