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Bill Longstaff: Does the terrorist threat justify the snooping? Not according to the stats

British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking about the need for mass surveillance of communications, talked about keeping concerns about civil liberties “in proportion.” Perhaps what should be kept in proportion is his enthusiasm for mass snooping. Mr. Cameron and other national leaders justify their obsession about security and its attendant secrecy on the terrorist threat. But how much of a

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: C-24 In Conjunction With C-23 As Instruments Of Voter Suppression

There has been a lot of attention on Bill C-23 the last week or so, and in particular the parts of it which appear to be tools that can be used for voter suppression.

In discussing the Voter ID requirements of Bill C-23, I became very concerned that this government could well be introducing other legislation which could act in concert with Bill C-23 to suppress the ability of opposition groups to be heard.

Sure enough, Bill C-24 contains some interesting and troubling clauses which dramatically broaden the ability of the government to revoke citizenship.  The proposed section 10(2) reads (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Manning Centre-Security Intelligence Review Committee Chair and Enbridge lobbyist Chuck Strahl. Below: Former would-be Reform Party prime minister Preston Manning; Reform Party prime minister in waiting Jason Kenney. All these slightly out-of-focus profile shots were taken by your blogger during his infiltration of the 2013 Manning Centre conference in Ottawa.

When people at the top levels of Canada’s Reform-Conservative government are criticized for controversial behaviour, their instinct seems to be to double down and increase the size of their bet.

The latest example of this phenomenon is Chuck Strahl, the former Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and Conservative Member of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Under Canadian terrorism laws, Mandela would be considered a terrorist

by: Obert Madondo Its ironic, isn’t it? Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, four provincial premiers, three former prime minister, two former governors general, MPs, a senator, and the head of the Assembly of First Nations, are in South Africa to convey of our collective last respects to the late Nelson Mandela, who… Read More

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The Canadian Progressive: FINTRAC collecting personal banking information of innocent Canadians

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart accuses FINTRAC of collecting the personal banking information of thousands of innocent Canadians.

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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: My take on Line 9

Over the last year, there has been a huge amount of debate over Enbridge wanting to reverse the flow of oil in a major pipeline — “Line 9″ — from east to west, to west to east. The claim has been made that an already fractured pipeline could become even more of a threat when raw tar sands oil makes it way from Alberta through our our neck of the woods. Indeed a lot of the protests have

Politics, Re-Spun: MexAmeriCanada, Version 2013

Welcome to the United States of MexAmeriCanada. Represent!

I was just thinking a few days ago how I haven’t used the MexAmeriCanada tag for a while. Did I cause this to happen, in some cosmic kind of way?

In the old days it was Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin negotiating the post-911 deep integration of Fortress North America with President George W. Bush.

Now we have “opposite” governing bodies in the two nations, though they’re barely different. North America is still strolling towards a 1984/Brave New World/V For Vendetta kind of soft fascist near-future of corporate “human” rights inside (Read more…)

LA REVUE GAUCHE - Left Analysis And Comment: THE STRANGE CASE OF THE MISSING TERRORIST SCIENTISTS IN THE NEWS

In April of this year the RCMP announced that they had uncovered a bio-terrorist threat involving two Canadian scientists working for the innocuous sounding: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The agency itself had been in the news lately due to regulatory failures leading to a number of food poising cases from bacterial outbreaks in a packing plant in Alberta. The two CFIA scientists were busted for attempting to sell Brucellis virus to China. In fact one of the scientists, herself Chinese, had gotten away to China.1 They were under investigation for two years when it became known that they were trying to commercialize (Read more…)

Musings on Canadian Politics: Islamic extremism and the power of an idea in the internet age

The comical, if it weren’t so serious, attempt by a couple of disaffected WASPs to murder, Boston Marathon style, Canada Day revellers at British Columbia’s legislature shows the power of an idea in the internet age.

The bombing suspects, John Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody, planned to detonate a pressure cooker bomb to murder bystanders.

Apparently, given that they weren’t raised Muslim, somewhere along the line, Nutall and Korody converted to Islam and became Islamic extremists.

Nuttall and Korody were as far removed from the environments that tend to produce Muslim extremists as is humanly possible. I mean (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: I’m Sure It Is Just A Coincidence …

…but if I were paranoid, I might see a connection between this and this.

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The Canadian Progressive: Journalist Glenn Greenwald interviews NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden [VIDEO]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘” don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things”

Video available on YouTube

We recommend: The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning Trial Before US Military Court CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou: Torture was official US policy ‘Why I Did It’: Whistleblower Bradley Manning Tells US Military Court Aaron Swartz’s Last Gift: Site Launches Whistleblower Safe House

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The Canadian Progressive: Omar Khadr moved to Edmonton prison after months in solitary confinement

Former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr has been transferred to the maximum-security Edmonton Institution in Alberta after spending months in solitary confinement at Millhaven penitentiary in Ontario, where a fellow inmate once threatened his life.

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drive-by planet: Woolwich attack on British soldier Lee Rigby was not ‘terrorism’

The killing on an off-duty British soldier on a street in Woolwich, London, had all the ingredients loved by the tabloids… dark skinned Muslim assailants armed with knives and machete… a white well liked military man wearing a Help for Heroes shirt. Had to be an act of terrorism, right? When it became evident that the killing was politically motivated could there even be a shred of doubt?

Labeling the Woolwich incident “terrorism” says most about a political agenda. That the Woolwich attack was a calculated act targeting an off-duty British soldier during a time of war isn’t in question. (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

By: Center for Media and Democracy | Press Release: MADISON, WI – May 20 – DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy today released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.” The report, a distillation of thousands [...]

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The Disaffected Lib: Could You Become a Victim of Car-Hacking?

It’s not carjacking.  Nobody with a gun jumping into the driver’s seat and speeding off with your ride.

It’s car-hacking.   A cyber criminal hacking into a car’s computer systems to wreak havoc.

Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, said while he’s excited about safety improvements through technology, he’s concerned about new risks including cyber security. “As our cars become more connected – to the internet, to wireless networks, with each other, and with our infrastructure – are they at risk of catastrophic cyber attacks?” Senator Rockefeller asked in his opening statement prepared for the hearing. (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Activist Assata Shakur put on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list: reeks of political targeting

In the weeks following the Boston bombing, an icon of the black liberation struggle in the U.S., Assata Shakur, has turned up on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. The timing is far from coincidental. It’s the first time a woman has been placed on the bureau’s terrorist list… in this case a black woman… for many a legendary figure in the fight against American racism and injustice. 

Assata Shakur’s inclusion on the FBI list in part stems from the shooting death of a state trooper in 1973, for which she was wrongly convicted. It’s been (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Assata Shakur is not a terrorist

Politics and its Discontents: Radio Free Canada: The Cultivation Of Fear And Other Tory Sins

This is rather interesting:

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Politics and its Discontents: Radio Free Canada: The Cultivation Of Fear And Other Tory Sins

This is rather interesting:

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Alberta Diary: Terror of terrorism and the Second Amendment: Whatever became of the indomitable American spirit?

The indomitable American spirit personified above. Whatever became of it? Below: Bogie as Philip Marlowe, with gun; the leader of another English-speaking country refusing to knuckle under to the Luftwaffe, also with gun.

We have learned, courtesy the news media, that membership in the National Rifle Association has surged past five million souls since the Sandy Hook Massacre of little children in Connecticut last December.

It would seem that a significant minority of our American cousins will let nothing stand in the way of their right to massive firepower, which they insist is protected by the Second Amendment of the (Read more…)

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

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Susan on the Soapbox: The Face of Terrorism

I’ve been to Washington DC many times, but this trip was different. In addition to the usual buzz created by lobbyists, bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen who had places to go and people to see, there was a sense of unease. This feeling of foreboding was evident in the police cars parked on the street corners and the crowd control fencing encircling the White House. It peaked with the false AP Newswire tweet that the President had been injured in an explosion at the White House which caused the stock market to nose dive.

The Boston marathon bombings (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

Definitions of terrorism:

“The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”  - Merriam Webster

“Systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal.“  - Free Dictionary

“The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”  - Dictionary.com

Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with recourse to law:

I took the official definitions of terrorism, which were very good, I took the definition that is given in US and British law, which is a fine definition but has a flaw; If you apply it, it turns out the United (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Real face of terrorism: meet the ‘good guys’

Politics and its Discontents: Some Well-Deserved Ridicule

I suspect only the party faithful and the ‘true-believers’ would find these pictures objectionable:

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