Canadian And American Politicians Use Ottawa Shootings As Excuses To Demand More Surveillance, Greater Policing Powers
from the more-arrests dept
As you may have heard, an apparently mentally unstable guy shot up the Canadian Parliament earlier this week, killing a soldier, before being shot dead himself. The attack certainly raises some questions — about dealing with mental health, about security at the Parliament and probably a few other things as well. However, police state/surveillance state apologists have seen the window to expand their own powers and are taking it. It starts with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who wasn’t shy about using this one-off incident as an excuse to massively expand the surveillance and police state:
?Our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention and arrest,? the Prime Minister told the House of Commons. ?They need to be much strengthened. I assure members that work which is already under way will be expedited.?
So, not only will they expand the police and surveillance state, but they’ll do it in an “expedited” fashion as a kneejerk response to one guy shooting up the Parliament. That seems like a recipe for bad decision making and the erosion of the rights of the public.
Oh, and some other Canadian politicians are already looking for ways to use this as an excuse to attack free speech online, because obviously that’s the real problem here:
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? If so which??
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.
Down here in the US, at least it’s not the President saying this kind of crap, just well-known terrorist appeaser Rep. Peter King who has declared that the Ottawa shootings mean that the US needs to start spying on all the Muslims to find out which ones are radicalized. I wonder how King would react to someone saying that, based on that, we should also spy on “all the Irish to find out which ones are radicalized.” Or, you know, perhaps he wouldn’t like that so much, seeing as he has a rather long history supporting Irish terrorists, and such surveillance might turn up something he wouldn’t like.
King, by the way, also attacks the “morons” at the NY Times and the ACLU for daring to push back against the NYPD’s program of spying on Muslims. That now disbanded program, by the way, cost a ton and generated exactly zero leads. And yet, suddenly King thinks bringing it back is the answer?
This, unfortunately, is the ridiculous cycle of kneejerk defenders of the police and surveillance state. Privileged folks, in power, who use any excuse whatsoever to push for ever increasing power, and ever fewer rights by the public. It’s a culture of control, paranoia and fear. These people aren’t leaders, they’re cowards in leadership positions.