I started collecting links on C51, aka the Jihadi Terrorists Under Every Bed Bill, a while back, but I was too appalled/depressed to blog about it.
The terrifying Angus Reid poll showing 80% approval of it.
There’s rarely been a bill before Parliament that was more popular. The public Conservatives’ new anti-terror legislation is filling a public demand for tough new measures aimed at a terrorism threat that Canadians believe is serious, and close to home, according to a new poll.And somewhat reassuringly, Press Progress's critique of the poll.
More than four in five Canadians – 82 per cent – back the new legislation to expand the powers of intelligence agencies and police, according to the survey of 1,509 Canadians conducted by the Angus Reid Institute. Far from seeing it as too sweeping, they tend to want more: 36 per cent say it does not go far enough.
Now, a few of the myriad dissections of the bill and why it is VERY VERY BAD.
First, Legal scholars Forcese and Roach.
Three lengthy background papers by Forcese and Roach: one, two, and three.
Here is their essential website dedicated to the proposed act, where you'll find tons of useful information including an explainer video.
Unsigned Globe and Mail editorial.
Intimidation is the modus operandi. Well-documented are the smear campaigns and the undercover operations against opponents run out of the highest political office in the land.The Star.
If you think it’s bad now, be prepared for worse, as with the anti-terror legislation. The danger with ideological leaders of any stripe is that in the name of security, they can ramp up state authority without the usual degree of public challenge. It’s why we see Mr. Harper hyping the terror threats Canada faces, as opposed to allaying the public’s fears.
More fear means more power. He knows it well, and so should the opposition leaders. If they can’t build a strong case against this new kind of Canada, they should find another line of work.
Read this by former CSIS officer Francois Lavigne and tremble (note bold).
Former CSIS officer Francois Lavigne is alarmed by the Conservative government’s new anti-terror bill.Press Progress again on how the RCMP identify terrorist targets. (Spoiler: SUN columnists are key.)
He believes the measures proposed in C-51 are unnecessary, a threat to the rights of Canadians and that the prime minister is using fascist techniques to push the bill.
Mr. Lavigne started his career with the RCMP security service in 1983, before the CSIS was established.
“I was hired by the barn burners,” he said in an interview last week. “I went to work for the FIU unit, the foreign interference unit. And that was where the barn burners came from.”
The barn burners were the off-the-leash Mounties whose law-breaking ways led to the McDonald Commission, which led to the establishment of Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 1984.
Various luminaries of the Canadian political scene, including four former PMs, calling for greater oversight. (Yeah, right.)
And from today, Alison with lots more excellent links.
I'm not even getting into the Liberals' absolutely despicable position on it.
Because here's the point: We ordinary Canadians must get our butts out in frigid fucking February (or March) to declare THIS SHALL NOT PASS.
Who's gonna organize it?
The Communist Party?
I don't care.
Organize it and I'll come out. And I'll bring every person I know with me.
Image source: The anti-prorogue protest in Victoria.
ADDED: Reddit users and Anonymous and I are like this.