Sunday, April 19, 2015
Stephen Harper, Bill C-51 and the Virtual Prison
He must be so excited. In just a few more days his monstrous anti-terrorist bill C-51 will become law, Canada will become a police state.
And he can start going after all his enemies real or imagined. For by now in the final stages of his mental and moral degeneration, his paranoia knows no limit.
And his depraved desire to jail even more Canadians can barely be restrained.
But if he thinks he is going to get away with it he is sadly mistaken, as tens of thousands of people all over Canada made clear again yesterday.
Protesters gathered in cities across Canada on Saturday to rally against the government's proposed anti-terror legislation, just days before the bill could face a final vote in the House of Commons. Rallies against Bill C-51, which seeks to expand the powers of police and spy agencies, took place in many cities including Halifax, Ottawa, Windsor, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
But although it is encouraging to see so many Canadians finally standing up for their rights,
He will ram his bill through, like a bestial bully assaults his victims. And our country will never be the same.
Because as the Americans are finding out, when you build a national security state it tends to grow out control.
When any crisis, problem, snafu or set of uncomfortable feelings, fears, or acts arises, including those by tiny groups of disturbed people or what are now called “lone wolf” terrorists, there is only one imaginable response: more money, more infrastructure, more private contractors, more surveillance, more weaponry, and more war. On a range of subjects, our post-9/11 experience should have taught us that this – whatever it is we’re doing — is no solution to anything, but no such luck.
More tax dollars consumed, more intrusions in our lives, the further militarization of the country, the dispatching of some part of the U.S. military to yet another country, the enshrining of war or war-like actions as the option of choice — this, by now, is a way of life.
Even when it's such an obvious failure:
Imagine that the government suddenly decided to build high-tech shark fences off every American beach to protect bathers from another kind of headline-inducing predator which strikes even more rarely than terrorists. Imagine as well that an enormous bureaucracy was created to construct and oversee the maintenance of those fences and the launching of armed patrols to take out the global shark population.
And imagine as well that the result was a rise in the threat of shark attacks off those coasts, as well as endless claims from the officials in that bureaucracy that they were doing a completely bang-up job. Wouldn’t their word be doubted? Wouldn’t the whole program be reconsidered? Wouldn’t there be a debate in this country about what it means to be safe and secure, and about where our tax dollars were going?
But then Stephen Harper doesn't care about that. All he's interested in doing is using fear and intimidation to try to win himself another bloody majority...
So he can continue assaulting this country and its values beyond recognition.
And so depraved is his kinky desire to jail Canadians, that he's even arranging a virtual tour of one of his prisons.
An online virtual tour of federal penitentiaries, produced by Correctional Service Canada is being welcomed as an attempt at openness, but also criticized for offering a "sanitized" view of prisons that glosses over the crowded conditions and lack of programming.
No doubt so he can show his enemies where they'll soon be living...
Even if like everything else he does, it's just a Potemkin village, or a Potemkin prison, as phony as the man himself.
Justin Piché, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, called the production "beyond belief."
This sanitized portrayal shows us minimum, medium and maximum security cells — not one of which is double-bunked at a time when nearly 20 per cent of federal prisoners share a space the size of an average household washroom with another prisoner."
And the ugly reality of the Collins Bay institution looks a lot different than that virtual tour.
But that's our Steve, Ol' Handcuffs Harper, the most warped and weird Prime Minister this country has ever known.
And at least now there can be no doubt where he would take us.
Just like there can be no doubt what we must do.
Organize, unite, and defeat that monster.
And send him to the place he belongs.
Before he turns our Canada into his perverted playground...
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