Sunday, October 26, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Great War on the Internet
Well he may have had some anxious moments, cowering in a broom closet, while his faithful cult members prepared to defend him with home made spears.
And a mentally ill gunman was being gunned down by the heroic Kevin Vickers, and...um... others.
And it certainly wasn't his finest hour.
But I see not so Great Warrior Leader did manage to salvage some advantage out of the situation by declaring war on the internet.
Quietly passing Bill C-13, the so-called cyberbullying bill.
Whose passage, due to the prevailing national emergency, was not recorded by any in the MSM.
Even though it's an Orwellian cyber-snooping bill that will allow internet service providers to hand over any information about anyone to the police, without ever running the risk of being sued.
And by announcing his intention to further suppress internet freedom.
In the wake of this week's attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, the Conservative government is looking at bringing in new laws to crack down on pro-ISIS sentiments like those posted to Quebec assailant Martin Couture-Rouleau's Facebook page, CBC News has learned.
Because while he may claim those new laws are aimed at the ISIS wannabes in our midst, and at hate speech, they could also be used against the rest of us, as the Con rebel Brent Rathgeber points out:
"If one is opposed to the Israeli actions in Gaza, does that make her an anti-Semite? If one is against Operation Impact, is that a 'pro-ISIS sentiment'?" he wondered, referring to the U.S.-led military mission targeting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Especially since the Con regime's definition of who is a terrorist is as we know highly subjective.
In the wake of this week's shooting at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill, the "Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online," the National Post's John Ivison wrote Friday.
But the intent appears to be similar to an amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act proposed in 2011 that was aimed at outlawing the glorification of terrorism, modeled after a similar law in the United Kingdom.
And can include just about ANYBODY...
In 2012, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews at the time, listed "eco-terrorists" as threats in a new anti-terrorism strategy. "The minister said that, in addition to foreign threats, the government would be vigilant against domestic extremism that is 'based on grievances – real or perceived – revolving around the promotion of various causes such as animal rights, white supremacy, environmentalism and anti-capitalism,'" the Globe and Mail reported at the time.
Especially those who oppose Harper's planet burning policies, or dare to criticize our corrupted economic system.
And if you want to know how all of this is working out in the United Kingdom, all you have to do is read this.
A man who posted a Facebook message following the deaths of six British soldiers which said: "All soldiers should die and go to hell" has been sentenced to a community order and told to pay costs of £300 by magistrates.
And then imagine what a similar law here could do to the internet as we know it.
But then this is Canada, and Stephen Harper knows he can get away with just about anything, by invoking the terrorist menace.
And whipping up the growing cult of militarism...
Just like Pierre Trudeau got away with arresting more than 400 innocent people during the October Crisis by invoking the separatist menace...
While most Canadians cheered wildly.
Just like so many are cheering on Harper now.
Oh boy. How did Orwell's 1984 end?
"He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."
Oh yeah, I remember. With a total surrender to fear.
And let's just hope this sordid little story.
Doesn't end the same way...
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