The Double-Edged Sword in the Fight Against Terrorism
by PHayes on February 3, 2015 - 12:04am
A few days ago, the government introduced legislation in the House of Commons that would, among other things, give more power to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) in its fight against global and domestic terrorism. If passed, the new law would extend the period of preventative detention for terror suspects, criminalize the promotion of terrorism, allow the agency to disrupt terrorist activities and remove content from the internet and ''tweak'' court procedures and the no-fly list. The Prime Minister has defended the bill by saying that it is an appropriate response to what he calls an ''act of war'' by violent jihadists.
Not many people are against fighting terrorists altogether, but some are very concerned about the way our country is currently dealing with this increasing problem. This new piece of anti-terrorist legislation shines a new light on transparency issues and civil rights concerns. The government is seeking to make Canada's spy agency more powerful without even considering implementing some sort of parliamentary oversight, like what can be found in the United States or Australia, and is blindly defining new crimes which could potentially go against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms according to the B.C. Civil Liberties Union which states that ''criminalizing people's words and thoughts is misguided and won't make Canadians any safer".
What needs to change is how transparent our governments are and the level of participation of all parties in legislative decision-making. The government needs to frequently report to Canadians about what our security agencies are doing and how it might affect them, ensure that there is no abuse of power and that all parties in Parliament can participate in making our country safer.
Original article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-terrorism-powers-what-s-in-the-legi...
Further reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-makes-his-case-for-new-po...
Author: Laura Payton
Publication: CBC News.ca
Date: Jan. 30th 2015
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