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Democracy Under Fire: Legal Experts urge killing Police State Bill

Last week more than 100 Legal Experts wrote a letter Urging Parliament to Amend or Kill Anti-Terrorism Bill C-51 The legal experts from across Canada are urging all parliamentarians to “ensure that C-51 not be enacted in anything resembling its present form.” They argue, in an open letter published on the National Post, that the federal government’s anti-terrorism bill is a “dangerous piece of legislation” that has not been given due debate. The text of the preamble of the open letter is reproduced below:

Dear Members of Parliament, Please accept this collective open letter as an expression of the signatories’ (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Police State Anti-terrorism Bill C-51 “Dangerous”: 100+ Academics

More than 100 academics sign letter telling Canadian MPs that Harper’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, would allow CSIS to violate Canadians’ privacy rights.

The post Harper’s Police State Anti-terrorism Bill C-51 “Dangerous”: 100+ Academics appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Why Bill C-51 Will End Up Hurting Stephen Harper

They say Stephen Harper is fit to be tied, or restrained.He can't stand the idea that his monstrously flawed anti-terrorism bill C-51 is going to take weeks, rather than a few days to study in committee.And what must be driving him absolutely crazy is the thought that with every passing day more Canadians are coming forward to call his bill bad and dangerous. Read more »

Paul S. Graham: Stop Bill C-51 #StopHarper

Introduced into Parliament on Jan. 30, 2015, Bill C-51 is an omnibus bill that will undermine constitutionally protected rights and freedoms of Canadians in the guise of combating terrorism. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s bombastic, saber-rattling YouTube video, published 2 days before the bill was tabled, set the tone. Essentially, Canada is under attack and the government will do whatever it takes to protect Canadians.

Critics of C-51 argue that it will criminalize speech, make it easier to arrest people who police think might commit an offence, share citizen’s private information between government departments without oversight, and allow the Canadian (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Days of Drums and Dummies

He's rushing his dangerously flawed anti-terrorist bill through the House of Commons, to the machine gun beat of a fascist drum.Bill C-51, the government's proposed anti-terror law, has passed second reading in the House of Commons with a vote of 176-87 and will now be sent to committee.He didn't bother to show up for the debate, he cut it off after a few hours. He says he needs the bill NOW to protect us from the terrorists and the niqabs that are EVERYWHERE.Even though the bill threatens our freedoms more than the terrorists do, and he's just playing (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Screw Oversight! In HarperLand, We Watch YOU, You Don’t Watch Us.

What’s the point in having domestic spying if it means you’re going to be, oh I don’t know, “accountable?”

Canada’s Closet Clausewitz, def min Jason Kenney, says there’ll be no additional oversight of national security operatives after the Harper government rams through bill C-51.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who has functioned as the government’s lead spokesman for the legislation in recent days, rebuffed an appeal for more independent supervision of national-security agencies – one that came in the form of letter published in The Globe and Mail and signed by former prime ministers, ex–Supreme Court justices and others.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Black Helicopters

It was a chilling moment in Question Period yesterday, that should raise questions about whether Stephen Harper is still mentally fit to govern, and whether we are already living in a police state.The moment when Tom Mulcair asked him whether his totalitarian bill C-51 could be used to spy against his enemies, and he replied by accusing the NDP of being a "black helicopter fleet."Even though it was a very good question, and his sinister black helicopters are already threatening our democracy. Read more »

Democracy Under Fire: Harper’s Police State Law

Much has been written of lateabout the proposed C-51 ‘anti terror’ bill and I will not attempt to dissect it here given that we already know that it will be forced through the legislative process unchanged by the Harper Regime it is somewhat a futile exercise. It is important however to still understand what it means for Canadians who may express an alternative point of view to said regime or express their opposition to certain actions by peaceful protest. One of the few politicians whose views and opinions I respect, Elizabeth May,had this to say last week on (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, the Terrorist Menace, and the Web of Deception

One thing I learned long ago is that if you want to know what Stephen Harper is really up to, you can't just cover one story and move on, like so many other bloggers like to do.You have to put them all together like a jig saw puzzle, or the strands of a monstrous spider's web, to understand what sinister plan he is stealthily spinning.Understand for example, that in the case of the Great Terrorist Menace that he is trying to whip up to try to scare Canadians into voting for him, he is spinning a giant web (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Politics of Fear

Even for a man like Stephen Harper with so many screaming voices in his head, it was an astonishing transformation. Something right out of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.One moment he was telling a a group of young people in BC about how he planned to create gazillions of jobs for them. And purring like a kitten.The next moment he was raving like a maniac, and declaring that we were all under attack and threatening to turn us into a police state.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The G20 Summit and the Day of Reckoning

It's hard to believe that it's been more than four years since the G20 Summit in Toronto, and my neighbourhood became a police state.A dark sinister place where more than a thousand people were arrested, and caged like animals.

For no good reason.And yes, the wheels of justice grind slowly.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr’s Important Message to Canadians

It's been more than twelve years since he was horribly wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan. Then jailed and tortured in that hellhole called Guantanamo, even though he was a child soldier. Then betrayed by his own government. He is Canada's most famous prisoner, and yet for all that time he has also been its most invisible citizen. Never seen and never heard from. But now at last Omar Khadr has had a chance to address his fellow Canadians. And his words couldn't be more moving. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Terror Story and the Lies the Media Told Us

You think you know the story. You've seen the pictures on TV a million times. Over and over again.You've seen how the media have tried to explain what happened, and how they've framed the narrative, complete with more heroes than you can count.You know what Stephen Harper wants you to believe, and why. You've seen how many Canadians have reacted, with an explosion of grief and emotion…

You think you know the story, until it starts to unravel.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Suppress Our Freedoms

I knew Stephen Harper wouldn't waste any time exploiting the senseless tragedy on Parliament Hill.I knew he'd strike when many people were still in shock, emotions were still raw, the MSM in Ottawa was still making it sound like it was Canada's 911. And he could still scare some Canadians into believing that our country, and its values, were under attack.And that only he can save us… Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Assault on Democracy: When Fear is the Enemy

It was for me strangely enough, the most terrifying moment of a nightmarish day. Standing in a crowded subway station, waiting for a train to take me home, watching the fear on people's faces.It was only a few hours after most of them must have heard about, or seen what had happened on Parliament Hill.So I can understand why they were so deathly quiet. Many were probably still stunned by what they had seen. Or the idea that it could happen here. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harper’s Canada and the Attack on Parliament Hill

I'm sure you've all seen the pictures of this nightmare day on Parliament Hill, this criminal assault on our democracy. So all I have to say tonight is this:(1) To the crazy fanatics who killed a young soldier today and another one in Quebec the other day: you and your kind will not intimidate us.And we will remember Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent​…

Long after we have forgotten their cowardly killers. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, the Terrorist Scare, and the Police State

I warned that Stephen Harper was looking for a way to scare Canadians, so he could try to stampede them into believing that only a Great Strong Leader like himself could save them.So he could use fear to try to save himself, and turn this broken country into a police state.Well today he got his "terrorist incident." A 25-year-old man who injured two soldiers in a hit and run and was later fatally shot by police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was known to federal authorities as someone who had been "radicalized," according to the RCMP and (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Big Brother Harper and the Gentle Birdwatchers

First he came for the environmentalists and the activists. Then he came for the scientists.

Then he came for those who fight poverty, and help the poor.

Now he's come for the birdwatchers. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq and the Ratty Trouble With the RCMP

We already knew that for almost five dismal years Leona Aglukkaq was the worst Health Minister this country has ever known.Having done absolutely nothing to improve our medicare system, preferring to let it wither on the vine, while embarrassing us at conferences all over the world.We know she's worst and most shameful Environment Minister in the history of any country. A climate change denier, from the Arctic.But who knew she was also one of the most aggressive pit bulls, or attack chihuahuas, in the House of Commons? Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Spy Machine

We know he loves total control. We know he rules by fear. We know he likes to muzzle his opponents.But did you know that Stephen Harper has turned his entire government into a massive Spy Machine?Ottawa has kept tabs on hundreds of demonstrations across Canada and around the world over the last eight years, from peaceful protests to public university lectures to riots. Newly released documents show about 800 public demonstrations and events were observed and reported on by government departments and law enforcement agencies since 2006.And when you look at the list of those on his (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Ferguson Is The Symptom, Not The Disease

Events in Ferguson, MO this past week have been deeply disturbing, if not downright distressing.  I don’t particularly need to recount them in any detail.

Precisely what happened, and who thought what is no longer even relevant.  In the public perception, a white police officer has gunned down an unarmed black youth in cold blood.  Talk about a trifecta of cultural currents that a prominent in the social malaise that is the southern US.  Racism, gun violence, youth crime all rolled into one little ball.

To say that the police and other civic decision makers in Ferguson have handled this (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: That Shining Bunker on the Hill

What else is there for a genuine, honest to God-Fearin’, Warfare State?  Once you’ve militarized your economy, militarized your foreign policy, militarized your society with M-16s under every other bed, why would you not militarize your law enforcement agencies?  What is that beyond a sign of progress toward the evolution of illiberal democracy, nascent oligarchy as prescribed by the ascent of corporatist rule? 

Ferguson, Missouri is not an aberration.  It’s no fluke. That’s what they tell you but it’s not true.   It’s a calculated atrocity that lies in wait in any number of hot spots (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Next Step In Harper’s Police State

So, Harper wants to connect the CRA with the RCMP. Chantal Bernier, Canada’s interim privacy commissioner, says she is concerned by the government’s proposal to allow Canada Revenue Agency officials to voluntarily hand over taxpayer information to police if they have reason to believe such information is evidence of a crime. 

In her testimony before the House finance committee on Wednesday, Bernier urged the committee to properly demonstrate that information sharing between auditors and law enforcement is needed. 

“That is exceptional and therefore should be buttressed by an empirical demonstration of necessity,” she said. 

The proposal, which (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Facebook Creepers

He seeks total control. His dark world is full of enemies and he must know them ALL.His slogan is "Knowledge is Power, Ignorance is Strength. Where he knows everything about us, but we don't know anything about him.He's building a massive security apparatus, he's been trying to violate our privacy for YEARS.And threatening us if we don't surrender…

So I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to discover him with his pants down creeping out our social media. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Shadow of the Police State

He has committed so many crimes against Canada and his values it's hard to list them all, let alone categorize them. But without a doubt his worst crime is his never-ending assault on our democracy.And in that regard nothing he has done is as sinister as his plan to suppress the vote with his new so-called Fair Elections Act.For what makes it so sinister is that it is so deliberate, and it is leading us into dangerous territory.Read more »