Wednesday, February 15, 2012

El busto

Opinion is lining up firmly against the Harper government's internet surveillance legislation.

Harris: "Bill aimed at internet predators empowers Big Brother government."
The only thing that separates a democratic state from a police state is the notion of accountability. Police powers are restrained under the due process of our judicial system to reflect the protection of basic freedoms like privacy and the gravity of a criminal investigation that could deprive someone of their liberty. Warrants don’t prevent the police from doing their investigations, they protect the integrity of the system. In order to get a warrant, the police have to demonstrate reasonable and probable cause that a crime is being committed by a particular person. Remove that requirement and you end up with a system that could be driven by unprofessional hunches, misplaced zeal, idle curiosity, or malice.
David Eaves: "Online surveillance bill will let Ottawa spy on every citizen."
You know what really reminds me of Adolf Hitler, 1939? A government that seeks to monitor the actions of all its citizens, to spy on them in their homes and their places of work, to ask companies to record who they communicate with and when. As a father, I agree we need to fight child pornography, but I’m not willing to sign away my — or my children’s — civil rights and online privacy.

I suspect most Canadians, as they learn more about this online surveillance bill, will feel the same way. They don’t want any government, Conservative, Liberal or NDP, forcing companies to record what they do, or accessing information about them without a warrant from an independent judiciary.
Calgary Herald: "Vic Toews goes phishing:Online spying by police is a chilling prospect."
The Harper government's approach to crime is one of black cowboy hats and white cowboy hats, with no room for those who don hats that are grey. While many of its crime initiatives are justified, nobody expected Harper to become Dirty Harry in a pinstriped suit. If the police have reasonable grounds for illegal online activity, they can get a warrant, not go on phishing expeditions by snooping in the computers of ordinary Canadians.
Den Tandt: "Conservatives bungling justice, security issues."
Here's a thought: Perhaps Tories should rather begin to worry that fair-minded Canadians from all regions may come to view them as demagogues.
The Province: "The Tories weren't elected to spy on us."

Postmedia: "Do Canadians want to live in a police state?"

Montreal Gazette: "A worrying foray into our private communications."

Ottawa Citizen: "With 'em or against 'em."

Akin: "Say hello to Big Brother Government."

Not going well at all in the early going. Good stuff.