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The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians

Justin Trudeau promises to give the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s most secretive spy agency, more powers to spy on Canadians if the Liberals form the next government after the 2015 federal election.

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The Disaffected Lib: Taking Stock

Most of us just don’t want to know.  Most of the rest are coming to feel the same way a lot of the time.

Interesting op-ed by Quincy Saul, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  It deserves a read.

Ecology: The global climate is officially destabilized. Major tipping points have passed, and while . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Taking Stock

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.

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The Disaffected Lib: Shhh – Not In Front of the TV, George.

Be careful what you say in front of your smart TV.  According to Samsung, you never know who might be listening to your every word.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

When the feature is active, such TV sets “listen” to what is . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Shhh – Not In Front of the TV, George.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Darkness of Disaster Democracy

Well I'm sure Stephen Harper must have had a tortured weekend, huddled with the monsters in the PMO, and arguing with the screaming voices in his head.Trying to figure out how to scare Canadians with his Great Jihadi Menace, even more than he already has. So he can herd them into voting for him, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Darkness of Disaster Democracy

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian Anti-Terror Bill C-51 Troubles Privacy Czar

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada warns that Bill C-51, Harper’s proposed new anti-terrorism legislation, would further erode Canadians’ privacy rights.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Whispering Way to War

Golly. What a difference a day makes. On Wednesday Stephen Harper was loudly taunting the opposition.And all but inviting the terrorists to attack us.But yesterday he was suddenly more subdued, as if realizing what might happen if they did attack us. And Canadians blamed him.So he was barely whispering as he met with security . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Whispering Way to War

Montreal Simon: Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning

It's been five years since the young American soldier now known as Chelsea Manning began downloading hundreds of thousands of Pentagon files.And in the process not only revealed the horror, the brutality, and the hypocrisy of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the diplomatic world. But also the U.S. intelligence machine's most closely . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Suppress Our Freedoms

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, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Spy Machine

The Disaffected Lib: The Relentless Advance of the Surveillance/Security State

I’m not sure how this can be abused but I expect clever minds will be exploiting it very soon.

How about a smartphone app that allows cops to zero in on a specific area and see what everyone’s up to?  It’s called Geofeedia.

By tuning in to social media, police can see what’s happening in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Relentless Advance of the Surveillance/Security State

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Glenn Greenwald on why government snooping is dangerous and what we can do about it

Journalist and author Glenn Greenwald suggests how we can protect ourselves from government snooping, and defend our civil liberties in the digital age.

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Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the War on Internet Anonymity

Well it's a very strange coincidence. But wouldn't you know it, on the day the Supreme Court gave the Cons another slap in the face.

By upholding the privacy of internet users. Rejecting government fears of a “crime-friendly Internet,” the Supreme Court of Canada said anonymity is vital to personal privacy in the digital . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the War on Internet Anonymity

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Monstrous Abuse of Power

In two weeks time Parliament is expected to adjourn for the summer. But before it does it will have made this ghastly Harperland an even more sinister place.For never has this country seen such a collection of reactionary bills. And as Andrew Coyne points out, never has there been such an abuse of power.Read . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Monstrous Abuse of Power

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper: the Scary Madness and the Dangerous Denial

If there was any shadow of a doubt that Stephen Harper has lost sight of the boundary between reason and delusion, or democracy and dictatorship, there can be none now.For he has made a mockery of our democracy, he has smeared his opponents, he has muzzled scientists, he has politicized the police and the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper: the Scary Madness and the Dangerous Denial

The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-13: Harper tries to turn Canada into a surveillance state… again!

by: Obert Madondo | May 20, 2014

Call it the Harper Conservatives’ resurrection the Orwellian ghost of Vic Toews.

Back in 2012, Canadians nuked the then public safety minister’s Bill C-30. The bill, deceptively christened Preventing Children from Internet Predators Act, had sought to give law enforcement agencies unlimited power to spy on Canadians.

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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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Facebook Creepers

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Big Brother Cons

We know he seeks total control. We know he would be our very own Big Brother.We know he's out of his mind, but would make us pay to make him look good.But who knew he would make us pay to violate our own privacy? Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Edward Snowden and the Scary Secrets of Stephen Harper

I'm glad that The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the out of control activities of the National Security Agency. And that Edward Snowden has been vindicated in his own country.It has been nearly a year since a thin, pale computer whiz kid named Edward . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Edward Snowden and the Scary Secrets of Stephen Harper

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Twisted Priorities of the Con Regime

It looks as if the ghastly partnership of Stephen Harper and Jimbo Flaherty is heading for a messy breakup.For after first appearing to agree with Flaherty that his income splitting plan was fatally flawed, he has now changed his mind. The Conservative caucus appears to have put some woolly socks on Prime Minister Stephen . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Twisted Priorities of the Con Regime

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Shadow of Big Brother

I'd like to believe Canada's spy masters when they tell me they're not spying on Canadians. I'd like to believe I'm still living in a democracy and not a budding police state. I'd like to think that I'm not being tracked like a criminal or a terrorist, for having used the free Wi-Fi at . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Shadow of Big Brother

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 »

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Montreal Simon: Why Has Stephen Harper Not Fired Chuck Strahl?

It's been more than two days since we found out that Chuck Strahl, Canada's spy watchdog, is moonlighting as a lobbyist for Enbridge.And by so doing has erased the boundaries between the petro state and the surveillance state.Now to make matters even worse, we find out that Strahl is also a lobbyist for . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Has Stephen Harper Not Fired Chuck Strahl?

Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Working for the Americans?

It's a chilling story, a dark tale of spooks and Cons, with a little bit of Big Brother, and more than a hint of treason.

And I hesitate to write about it eh? Lest my phone start clicking and hissing like Stephen Harper himself.

But all patriotic Canadians should now ask themselves . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Working for the Americans?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Monitor Social Media

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Monitor Social Media