Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism.
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As I had expected, the first steps in the Harper Government’s overreaching reaction to this week’s events in Ottawa are starting to surface.
Introducing Harper’s Thought Police:
Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Thursday that Canada’s law and policing powers need to be strengthened in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. He said work is already under way to provide law enforcement agencies with “additional tools” and that (Read more…)
One of the misgivings I expressed in yesterday’s post seems to be a little closer to reality today.
The National Post headline reads:
Conservatives mulling legislation making it illegal to condone terrorist acts online.
Says John Ivison, The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online.
There is frustration in government, and among law enforcement agencies, that the authorities can’t detain or arrest people who express sympathy for atrocities committed overseas and who may pose a threat to public safety, one Conservative MP said. “Do we need new offences? (Read more…)
CNN, in their attempt to fill air time after the apparent terror attack in Ottawa (#OttawaShooting), began asking American pundits whether their Northern border with Canada was safe. Erin Burnnett accompanied that discussion with a graphic comparing their Northern border with their Southern border with Mexico which distorted the facts of the issue to make a point.
Are you confident in the security of America’s northern with #Canada? pic.twitter.com/6JNg4jmSiA
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) October 22, 2014
Earlier in the day Geraldo Rivera, no stranger to sensationalism, had a similar message in a tweet.
another jihadi terrorist attack in Canada. (Read more…)
This week’s sensational events have brought the new world order to our open, trusting, and peaceful society. Not since the October Crisis 44 years ago have Canadians felt so violated by direct attack from those who desire to be enemies of our democracy. We have people within our borders who for one reason or another have allowed themselves to become radicalized monsters, willing to act on their twisted vision of Islam.
Two attacks this week, which are apparently unlinked, share some startingly similar aspects: both attacks were perpetrated by individuals that had their ability to travel abroad revoked, denied or under (Read more…)
Every time I hear Elizabeth May speak, I am struck by the balance and wisdom of her words. A very impressive lady, she clearly has real leadership qualities:
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Here’s NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.
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H/t Toronto Star
The events of yesterday were undeniably tragic. A young man, Nathan Cirillo, died. As I noticed on a Facebook posting by my cousin’s wife, Nathan was a friend of their son with whom he played organized hockey. Six degrees of separation and all that, I guess.
Nonetheless, I have to confess that when I heard the news on CBC radio, my first thoughts were twofold: how these events could work to Harper’s electoral advantage (I could immediately envisage the attack ads juxtaposing Harper’s “strong leadership and stand against terrorism” against Trudeau’s talk about searching for the “root (Read more…)
Canada doesn’t often capture the attention of the world’s media, but Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, with his murderous rampage on Parliament Hill Wednesday, has managed to put us on front pages around the globe. And who exactly is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau? Well, so far we know that he’s a 32-year old man with criminal records in two provinces who recently converted to a radical sect of Islam that preaches
Here’s the full transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation following the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
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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 »
It’s been thirty years or so since there was a coordinated terrorist attack in Canada – the bombing of the Litton plant in Toronto that was making guidance systems for American cruise missiles. Since then, and especially since 9/11, we’ve kind of hoped and prayed that it wouldn’t happen again. Well, it has.
Two days after a soldier was shot and killed and another maimed at Saint Jean sur
The Ottawa Police Service confirms that the Canadian Forces member shot earlier today at the National War Memorial has died.
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Here’s the Ottawa Police Service’s statement on today’s shootings at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.
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Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Stephanie Levitz reports on the Broadbent Institute’s study showing that Con-friendly charities haven’t been facing any of the strict scrutiny being used to silence anybody who dares to speak up for environmental or social causes. And Jeremy Nuttall notes that the problem is probably worse than it seems from the outside, as charities are clamming up for fear of calling more attention to themselves: Tom Henheffer is the executive director of Toronto-based Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, an organization with board members including journalists for the Toronto Star and CBC.
Henheffer said the (Read more…)
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…)
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As I indicated in yesterday’s post, the Harper Conservatives seem very selective in ‘standing up for the vulnerable’; they just don’t seem to have what it takes to do the real heavy lifting that is required in our troubled world, preferring instead to utter bellicose rhetoric and put our young men and women in harm’s way battling an enemy that defies traditional methods of combat.
Globe reader Andrew van Velzen of Toronto offers his view of their performance thus far: Stephen Harper badly wants to be a player – a contender, if you will – on the world stage (Read more…)
Responding to Harper’s Iraq war motion, introduced Friday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said his party “cannot and will not support this Prime Minister’s motion.”
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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May agrees with Harper that “Canada cannot stand on the sidelines,” but warns that “bombings have never ended an Islamic or any religious extremist terrorist threat.”
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The closer one looks at the ISIS thing, the more it starts looking like a sectarian war in the Middle East. Yesterday in the Globe and Mail, Robert Fowler very nicely articulated the problem with short term solutions to the mess in Iraq, and today I spotted a really interesting read describing some of the reasons behind the apparent lack of response from several Arab states, in particular Saudi Arabia.
As is typical of these situations in the region, it is starting to become apparent that for all of its bloodiness, ISIS is simply another sectarian feud spilling out (Read more…)
Dispelling misconceptions is never well-received in the media:
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Yesterday, in response to a picture I posted quoting Herman Goering on the ease with which people can be manipulated into war, Scotian, a frequent commentator, responded to the picture, offering his analysis of the Canadian reaction to ISIS. I offer you his comments, always insightful, for your consideration:
Sadly, I am forced to agree.
However I was rather pleasantly surprised to see Trudeau and the Libs not at the last join with Harper on the combat side, I rather had expected to see that. Indeed, in the last couple of days Trudeau has been sounding a lot more sensible (Read more…)
Here’s an unedited text of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech in the House of Commons on Friday, announcing Canada’s air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.
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