He invited world leaders to his G20 summit, and then allowed the Americans to spy on them. He had his CSEC agents spy on the Brazilians.
He has just unveiled a Trojan horse cyber-bullying bill that would allow police easy access to our so-called metadata, the records that internet service providers and phone companies keep on our every call and email.
And now I see Stephen Harper is taking his Big Brother tendencies to a whole new level, with a plan to monitor our social media.
Tweets, public Facebook posts and YouTube videos could soon be subject to round-the-clock scrutiny by the federal government, a procurement document posted this week by Public Works and Government Services Canada suggests.
The federal government is seeking a firm that "continuously monitors social media content on a daily basis in near real time and (can) provide web-based, online media metrics and reporting capabilities."
That includes combing through "blogs, micro-blogs, social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter, forums and message boards, traditional news websites and comment sections, media sharing websites (videos, photos and user-generated content websites including YouTube)."
Because he can't find out enough about us eh? He needs to know who else to add to his long and sinister Enemy List...
The document specifies that the contractor must be able to provide the service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Part of the job will be to gauge the sentiment and tone of posts and to determine their reach.
And I don't find this at all reassuring.
Digital public affairs analyst Mark Blevis of FullDuplex.ca said it's not unusual that a government would want to know what people are saying, although he concedes some might find that thought disconcerting.
"On one level, there is a creepiness factor to this," Blevis said in an interview. "But then on another level, it's open data, it's open information. If it's publicly accessible, why should the government have any less privilege accessing it than anyone else in the public eye? "
What they do with it is going to be the big question."
Because that is the big question. And I can't help wondering whether this extensive and expensive undertaking is designed for the general benefit of the Canadian people, or the political benefit of the Con regime.
Or simply to satisfy Stephen Harper's compulsive need for TOTAL CONTROL.
Or his depraved desire to try to intimidate his opponents.
Just like I can't help wondering how far he is prepared to go to turn this country into a surveillance state.
Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000. But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry.
“I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others.
Or wonder even more ominously whether CSEC, which is prevented by law from spying on Canadians, is using the Americans to get around that ban?
Oh well. As a long time opponent of Great Ugly Leader, I have long assumed that everything I write is being monitored. It doesn't scare me in the least. No Con ever could.
And the only thing that concerns me, now that I know that we're ALL going to be monitored, is how hard will I have to work to try to standout from the pack, and make it into the top
Because that would be a bigger honour than getting the Order of Canada eh?
And of course, how can I make it even CLEARER how I feel about him and his foul Con regime?
Because that won't be easy eh?
But it will be worth every bit of extra effort. Because the thought of Stephen Harper actually reading one of my posts first thing in the morning, and blowing coffee out of every orifice, is a thought I relish eh?
And if he doesn't find my blog posts, or my Twitter feed sufficiently irritating.
And he would rather monitor my YouTube channel.
May I suggest he start with this video...
Because let me be clear, as Great Big Brother Leader likes to say.
With all the ammunition he's given us recently, I'm sure he will find the new batch of videos I'm working on even MORE annoying.
Although the message will be the same.
Or we unite and work harder than ever to defeat that deranged leader and his sinister totalitarian regime.
Or we really will wake up one day in an even darker place.
In a country we don't recognize...
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