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In Making The Canadian Populace Distressed Of Impending Danger
Posted By: RobertS Date: Saturday, 14-Mar-2015 00:46:45
To make the Canadian populace worry of impending danger. Who/whom should we worry about? This worry of the Canadian government of terrorism, be not the same worry as the Canadian populace. Most of the populace are not into the art of effective or persuasive speaking, to the great extant the use of figures of speech and other techniques of the arrangement of artistic parts in the command of language.
That is, the language with a specific purpose or intention in mind, having of the good at persuading or believing something through reasoning or the use of temptation. To trust this effect on the populace, that it may be lacking in the sincerity?........
How do we know the truth of the reasons of terrorism be sincere, so that we can trust the words in the language of persuasion by the government, when the truth as the reason be not free from pretense or deceit.
The Harper government’s Bill C-51, or Anti-Terrorism Act, has been in the public domain for over a month. Long enough for us to know that it subverts basic principles of constitutional law, assaults rights of free speech and free assembly, and is viciously anti-democratic. An unprecedented torrent of criticism has been directed against this bill as the government rushes it through Parliament. This has included stern or at least sceptical editorials in all the major newspapers; an open letter, signed by four former Prime Ministers and five former Supreme Court judges, denouncing the bill for exposing Canadians to major violations of their rights; and another letter, signed by a hundred Canadian law professors, explaining the dangers it poses to justice and legality.
As its critics have shown, the bill isn’t really about terrorism: it’s about smearing other activities by association—and then suppressing them in ways that would formerly have been flagrantly illegal. The bill targets, among others, people who defend the treaty rights of First Nations, people who oppose tar sands, fracking, and bitumen-carrying pipelines as threats to health and the environment, and people who urge that international law be peacefully applied to ending Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. (Members of this latter group include significant numbers of Canadian Jews.)
But the Anti-Terrorism Act is more mortally dangerous to Canadian democracy that even these indications would suggest. A central section of the act empowers CSIS agents to obtain judicial warrants—on mere suspicion, with no requirement for supporting evidence—that will allow them to supplement other disruptive actions against purported enemies of Harperland with acts that directly violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other Canadian laws.
The only constraints placed on this legalized law-breaking are that CSIS agents shall not “(a) cause, intentionally or by criminal negligence, death or bodily harm to an individual; (b) wilfully attempt in any manner to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice; or (c) violate the sexual integrity of an individual.”
The second of these prohibitions—occurring in the midst of a bill that seeks systematically to obstruct citizens in the exercise of their rights, pervert justice, and defeat democracy—might tempt one to believe that there is a satirist at work within the Department of Justice. (Note, however, that CSIS agents can obstruct, pervert and defeat to their hearts’ content, so long as they do so haphazardly, rather than “wilfully.”)
But the first and third clauses amount to an authorization of torture.
A Canadian opposition leader on Friday compared Prime Minister Stephen Harper's handling of Islam to Russian President Vladimir Putin's crackdown on gays, ratcheting up political rhetoric over the religion as Harper's ruling Conservatives seek re-election in October.
Harper said this week that the niqab, a face-covering veil worn by some Muslims, was "rooted in an anti-women culture" as he defended the government's desire to ban women from wearing a niqab during the oath of citizenship.
The country is facing an election that will be nasty, brutish and long — from now until the vote occurs, whenever that may be. The writ period is essentially meaningless. Under the Conservatives, it’s always game on.
The fear dividend is what has been offered to ordinary people — the exchange of rights and freedoms, privacy and liberty, for the promise of protection from endless threats. When citizens in a democracy begin to defer to such authority as that, voting is hardly any more important than the Supreme Court or Parliament.
Fear will be big in 2015, an insight no one has to pass along to Steve. The critical question is whether democracy will be even bigger.
'Do you trust me?' experiment seeks hugs in downtown Toronto
Quoting in part:
They have a request for Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Ease up on the rhetoric.
"I would ask him to to take it easy with the words ‘Islam’ and ‘terrorism’ and scaring people that there are jihadis or terrorists among us,” says Assma Galuta, a university student who conceived the "Give me a hug" project and hopes one day to do humanitarian work abroad.
“There are unstable citizens from any faith, any religion, but to target Islam and scare your own citizens… [Harper is] creating a barrier between a lot of people."
Mawla's parents have offered similar cautions.
"When we go out, my mom tells me, ‘Don't go out of your way and say things, do things against the media and stuff because if it is taken out of context, then you will be in trouble. The police will say, "Oh, you said this before, so you might be doing this."' Taken out of context, [any commentary] can be used any way."
It doesn’t feel like the Canada they grew up in. Of that Galuta seems certain.The good news, however, is that sometimes human kindness wins over fear. It did on the day of the experiment in Dundas Square.
Up until recent events, the threat perception regarding terrorism in Canada has been low, with the majority of Canadians indicating that they did not worry about terrorism. The last major attack involving Canadian citizens took place almost thirty years ago, in which Sikh extremists killed 329 people on an Air India flight, most of whom were Canadian citizens. In October 2014, however, a lone gunman stormed Parliament Hill, killing Corporal Nathan Cirillo near the National War Memorial. Two days before the attack, another man deliberately drove his car into a group of Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one and injuring others. Both men were identified by authorities as radicalized Muslim converts.
It is now estimated that there are between 70 and 150 Canadians in Syria. In a recent, chilling video from the self proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Ottawa man named John Maguire called on Canadians to travel to Syria or carry out domestic terror attacks. He attempted to appeal to Canadian sentiments by urging: “I was one of you. I was a typical Canadian. I spent my teenage years on the hockey rink and on stage playing guitar.”
Recently, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) released an insightful paper describing the phenomenon of ‘lone wolf’ terrorism and the role of community policing in preventing such actions. Researchers had conducted fifty interviews with law enforcement officials, government practitioners, community representatives, religious authorities, and academics from several major Canadian cities. According to interviews, lone-actor terrorism is a concern because it is less likely to be discovered by a traditional investigation, as opposed to a plot organized by a group or network which tends to set off ‘red flags’, such as contact with known extremists. Researchers McCauley and Moskalenko have identified characteristics of lone-actor extremists which include depression, grievance, personal crisis, and history of weapons use outside the military. The Internet can, indeed, act as a support structure for these extremists, offering them the networks, guidance, and group acceptance that they crave.
As such, RUSI’s recent report convincingly suggests that community-based approaches to policing are an effective way to prevent lone-actor terrorist attacks.
A good support structure of a work of music, literature, or art, would do this quite as well, leaving a language with the good in mind. But, John Maguire, whomever he be, would probably disagree with me.
......Vous tous avez un bon jour/nuit.
Robert Smith O'Ghobhain