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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 »

Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Personal Cruelty of The Harper Regime

We know where it comes from, the diseased mind of Great Ugly Leader himself. We know what his filthy Cons have done to our country.But what more can you say about a government whose essence is personal cruelty?Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Week Stephen Harper’s Cons Raped Our Democracy

Ever since he came to power he has been stealthily gnawing away at the fabric of our country.Waiting until we are asleep, or distracted, to gobble up another little bleeding chunk of what was once Canada.But what Stephen Harper has done in just the last week, is now threatening to kill our democracy.Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Mass Surveillance

The revelation this week that CSEC has the capability to monitor the movements of Canadians simply by gathering some metadata from the traffic that goes by on public networks raises a lot of interesting questions that are worth discussing.

In an e-mail conversation on the matter, the following question was raised:

And I see that in a debate in the House today Nicholson (Defence) says that the documents don't support that Canadians were targeted. But if WIFI generally is being monitored how can Canadians avoid not being targeted?

It's a good and legitimate question. One that I wish had (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Harperland: Where Big Brother Meets You at the Airport

You've just got back to Canada. You have some time to kill before your connecting flight.You whip out your mobile phone to check out the web, using the airport's free Wi-Fi.Only to have Big Brother start following you around.Welcome to Harperland. Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Papers, Citizen!

As if it couldn’t get any worse, the ridiculous paranoia of the Harper regime has surfaced once more in the wake of a sneaky, but peaceful protest in BC.  Senator Runciman wants a law so that protests like this can’t happen again.

“People who sneak into these kinds of events, using phony ID, impersonate others, or conspire with others to do the same, should face indictable offences with serious fines and/or imprisonment,” said Senator Runciman in a written statement sent to the parliamentary press gallery. 

“The decision not to charge two individuals who impersonated wait staff, avoided RCMP security (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: One Day in the Darkness of Harperland

It was cold and dark tonight by the lake where I live. Like it usually is in late November, in Canada. But at least for the first time there was a sprinkling of snow on the ground to brighten up the gloom.Which is more than I can say about Harperland, where it just keeps getting darker and more dangerous.For just look what we learned about that monstrous regime today.Read more »

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Surveillance State

Normally the sight of the moon rising over Mount Royal on a beautiful cloudless night would make me whoop with joy at the thought that I had finally escaped from Harperland. If only for a few precious moments. Or smile at the sight of the Muslim crescent and the Christian cross sharing the mountain, after the way the hideously flawed PQ Charter of Values has divided the province.But somehow last night I found myself shivering in the cool night air, staring up at the inky darkness, and wondering again where Stephen Harper is taking this country.Because this rings hollow. (Read more…)

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Top Priorities of the 21st Century

If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. […]

Montreal Simon: Vic Toews and the Con Police State

He is, after his depraved leader, the most brutish Con of them all.A religious bigot, a ghastly hypocrite, a political thug who has spent a lifetime attacking judges, and jailing Canadians.For he cannot jail enough of them. Or violate our liberties enough. And now he's out of control. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Extraordinary Political Interference: Vic Toews Nixes Omar Khadr Interview

[View the story "Canada Police State Confirmed: Vic Toews Nixes Omar Khadr Interview " on Storify] We recommend:Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay Said Canada Should Bring Omar Khadr HomeHarper’s Canada “Making Up Terror Identities”Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011Confirmed again: “Canada may use information obtained [...]

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Politics of Terror

Well now we know how desperate he is to destroy Justin Trudeau.Now we know how far he will go to use the government of Canada against his opponents.And turn Canada into a police state. Now we know how in pursuit of all of the above, he would play politics with terror. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why We Should Fear What’s Happening in Montreal

It's a scene that keeps repeating itself in the streets of Montreal.A few hundred demonstrators set out on a peaceful march to protest against a totalitarian by-law limiting freedom of assembly.Only to be kettled by the riot squad, and then arrested. Like they were again this weekend.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Score Another One For Orwell

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever. – George Orwell

As always, the writer had exceptional clarity about where Western society was headed.

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Montreal Simon: When the Drones Come Home

We know them as the silent killers of the Great War on Terror.For years they have been killing Al Qaeda terrorists, and hundreds of innocent people, in places like Yemen and Afghanistan.Now the deadly birds are coming home to roost, and if we're not careful we too could end up with no place to hide.And living in a police state.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: VICTORY: Canadians Killed Harper’s Internet Surveillance Bill C-30

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 12, 2013: Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Internet surveillance Bill C-30 is dead. The demise of the deceptively christened Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act is a victory for the Internet. For Canadian democracy. For Canadians. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed it yesterday when he announced that the Conservatives won’t be pursuing the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)

During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May shares her 2002 hunger strike experience, begs Harper to meet Chief Spence

During my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the steps leading to the READ MORE

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Go Back To Sleep America, At Your Own Peril

I never reprint other people’s writings, no matter how good – but I will make an exception for this. This article is a true must-read. Please, take the time to read it. Then act. Good morning America. It’s time for a new day. Kudos and warm thanks to Jill Dalton at recoveringarmybrat. I will definitely [...]

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Movement Call for Global Day of Action: Chalkupy the World!

via Occupy Los Angeles:

On July 12th, participants in OccupyLA met to raise awareness for unlawful arrests of activists that had been targeting a lobby group with a stranglehold on power over local and state politics. The activists handed out chalk and shared the story of unlawful arrests and police repression. The LAPD responded by amassing in riot gear and issuing a tactical alert effectively shutting down the Downtown LA art walk and trapping many patrons inside of local businesses as a response to chalk art being drawn on the sidewalk. The mainstream media misrepresented the sequence of events,

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