We would like everyone to answer 1 simple question… leave it in the comments section:
Q: If it meant that the Gov’t could prevent you or someone you care about from being killed or harmed, would you be ok with having a little less privacy?
By less privacy, we mean, the Gov’t could access your texts & emails without permission, as long as it only pertained to keeping the country safe and anything else is kept private. To be extra clear, if the contents of your emails & texts got you in trouble because you were going to or have committed a crime, it would be used against you, otherwise it would be ignored.
At a time when it is now a veritable summer’s walk in the park for illegals to enter our country through unmanned border crossings — “Come one, come all,” invites our prime minister — the Trudeau Liberals are taking the teeth out of our security watchdogs.
They claim the reverse is true, of course, but it’s not.
What the sweeping new security legislation tabled this week dos, in fact, is limit the supposedly rule-bending powers allowed by the previous Stephen Harper government that permitted Canada’s spy and protection agencies to proactively massage boundaries to disrupt terrorist plots while still in their infancy.
But what does one expect from a soft-bellied progressive government that refuses to negate the Canadian citizenship of dual-nationals born elsewhere who are convicted of terrorism?
The Trudeau crowd seems to believe that average Canadians would rather genuflect to the rights and freedoms of terrorists-in-the-making than have our guard dogs barking up the right tree and perhaps taking a bite out of those bent on doing us harm.
They seem to believe, for example, that those who will be among the thousands on Parliament Hill on Canada Day will not be a little more nervous this year since the 150th-anniversary celebrations of any country would tend to have a bigger bull’s eye for any demented jihadist wannabe lusting to join the long list of ISIS martyrs.
Better safe than sorry seems not to be a priority.
We are now in an era where terrorists on Canadian soil, and queue-jumping refugees with no documentation, are given more privacy considerations and delicacy than ordinary Canadians.
If the legislation passes, for example, counter-terrorism operatives will actually have to seek special judicial permission to give direction to an undercover source who has infiltrated an extremist cell.
In fast-moving situations, this is insane.
While communications between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the RCMP, and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) have been problematic in the past, the Trudeau Liberals believe the creation of a new bureaucracy to oversee them all will be the ticket to openness.
Hence the creation of a new super-watchdog — the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency — which will supposedly lead to the free exchange of information and a collaboration of reviews.
The problem, of course, is that it’s a watchdog with a louder bark but less teeth, as many of the Harper government’s hard-line approaches to deal with terrorists will be both softened and diluted. This softening and watering down was evidenced between the lines of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s explanation of the reasoning behind the proposed legislation.
“Canadians unequivocally want accountability, transparency and effectiveness from their security and intelligence agencies,” he said.
“They also suspect compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and respect for privacy.”
He is half-right.
Accountability is one thing, but respecting the privacy of those who are feverishly plotting to do us harm in the name of ISIS or any other terrorist enemy is quite another.
It’s a blunting of resolve.
But likely safe to say, for example, that 99% of Canadians, and 100% of fledgling jihadists, had no idea who was housed in Ottawa’s nondescript Langevin Block, named after a Father of Confederation now tarnished as an architect of the residential school fiasco.
Well, they certainly know now. On National Aboriginal Day, Trudeau announced the Langevin Block would be renamed the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council.
Trudeau Liberals are either blind to today’s reality, or they just don’t get it.