Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bill C-51: The Cons Use Emotion to Try to Conquer Reason
It was a moving moment. The sister of the murdered soldier Patrice Vincent testifying before committee studying Bill C-51.
But it also symbolized the ghastly way the Cons are running the hearing. For they will not hear from the Canadian Bar Association or the Privacy Commissioner.
But they will turn it into a star chamber, and demand to know whether those testifying are with them or the terrorists.
And they will appeal to emotion rather than reason.
The sister of a Canadian soldier killed by a man with jihadist sympathies spoke out in favour of the Conservative government’s controversial anti-terror legislation, saying Bill C-51 is needed to prevent future attacks in the country.
Louise Vincent said government agencies must stop working in silos and share information, which would be made easier by the provisions in Bill C-51. She told the committee that she sees many “positives” in the bill and is not worried that it would infringe on Canadians’ rights.
“So this, C-51, is important,” she said, before adding in French: “Patrice Vincent must not have died in vain.”
Because although I feel very sorry for Louise Vincent, the fact is she's wrong. The sharing of information doesn't require legislation just better coordination. The bill is a monstrosity.
And Patrice Vincent, the good soldier, WILL have died in vain...
If Stephen Harper is allowed to use his death to turn us into a police state.
Because let's be clear, giving CSIS even more powers, without any proper oversight, would be an act of madness.
For that secretive organization already has all the powers and the tools it needs to disrupt the terrorists and/or our democracy.
Top-secret documents obtained by the CBC show Canada's electronic spy agency has developed a vast arsenal of cyberwarfare tools alongside its U.S. and British counterparts to hack into computers and phones in many parts of the world, including in friendly trade countries like Mexico and hotspots like the Middle East.
The CSE toolbox includes the ability to redirect someone to a fake website, create unrest by pretending to be another government or hacker, and siphon classified information out of computer networks, according to experts who viewed the documents.
And although CSIS is not supposed to spy on Canadians, if there is no proper oversight, who is to stop them?
And leaving a beast like that roaming loose without a leash, or being walked by Stephen Harper would be a real nightmare.
And among other things the death of internet freedom...
But the good news is more and more Canadians are starting to recognize that danger, and the resistance is growing.
Steve Anderson of Openmedia.ca told the public safety committee Monday that his digital-rights group has collected more than 100,000 signatures against Bill C-51.
The more Canadian understand the bill's dangers, the less they like it...
And when Stephen Harper rams the bill through parliament, even less will like it, and even more will hate him and his filthy Con regime.
So it will be a big issue in the next election campaign.
And as I predicted a while back, the bill that he would use to bury our democracy.
Could end up burying him instead...
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