Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Dystopian Present And Future



Those of us who consider ourselves progressive bloggers are well-aware of the dystopian nature of the world we live in. It is a world where black is often white, white is black, and deceit abounds. The perpetrators of environmental degradation and climate change offer us commercials showing pristine landscapes to ponder; the moneyed elite tell us that their success is our future success, and those who wage war tell us of their commitment to peace.

Sadly, Canada is not exempt from this madness. Now that the Harper regime has seized the narrative following the attacks in Quebec and Ottawa, almost immediately labelling them as acts of terrorism, it is wasting no time in pursuing measures that will diminish, not protect, all of us.

Consider this:
A 30-year-old assault-rifle collector from Pakistan has been arrested on allegations that he is a terrorist threat to Canada. The Ontario resident is in jail, charged under immigration laws that would allow him to be deported, just one year after he avoided prison on different charges.
The accused, Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari, a Karachi-born software designer who has lived in Ontario for several years, was arrested on Oct. 27. Last year, as part of a plea bargain for illegal storage of legally-acquired firearms, he surrendered them. There was no suggestion of terrorism at that time.

Now, however,
federal officials allege Mr. Ansari has ties to terrorists in Pakistan, that he had amassed “a small arsenal” of guns; and that he has expressed extreme opinions on Twitter.
What were those opinions?
On a Twitter account that has not been updated since the day of Mr. Ansari’s arrest, @aqeeqansari appeared to suggest at least one of last week’s attackers was framed.

“#MartinRouleau … Seems like the cops shot the guy and placed the knife,” the account says, referring to one the suspected terrorists.
Those who know Ansari have a more benign view of him, describing
him to The Globe as a firearms enthusiast and a strict Muslim. But they doubt he is capable of violence. “I think he was just a shooting hobbyist who didn’t follow the regulations,” said Ed Burlew, who represented Mr. Ansari in the criminal case.

Despite that benign assessment, he is now facing deportation. And despite what some would describe as a gross overreaction by authorities, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is
urging Parliament to make it easier for police to get search warrants and to seek restrictions on the movements of suspects in terrorism investigations.
Equally worrisome comes a report that the regime is looking at ways of suppressing freedom of expression on the Internet, a fool's errand if there ever was one, but a measure that could have many second-guessing themselves lest they run afoul of the authorities for 'wrong thinking.'

'Justice' Minister Peter MacKay (a constant reminder that a mind is a terrible thing to waste) is now seeking measures that
could include tools to allow for the removal of websites or Internet posts that support the “proliferation of terrorism” in Canada.
His desire is to interdict materials that, as he puts it, contribute to the poisoning of young minds.

Being either benighted or disingenuous, MacKay says,
Such measures risk infringing on free speech but Mr. MacKay said he believes it’s possible to set “an objective standard” with which to judge what constitutes promoting terrorism.
And there, of course, is the crux of the matter. What is terrorism to a government might very well be considered fair comment to others. In a Canada where a man is facing deportation in part because he questions a police report on Twitter. the dangers to all of us should be readily apparent.






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2 comments:

  1. Here I was, scanning all the government disclosures and drama into a PDF file; stopping every few minutes to catch a breath and regain the motivation to do so. I randomly decide to do a google search on my name. Saw this post.

    I don't know who you are, and neither do you know who I am; but it's good to see at least there are some people with some logical thinking and a lot of heart to speak the truth. I tried that, and here I am, my whole life taken away from me; myself taken away from my family. My old parents who need me the most; my disabled brother who I should be helping out. They're over 12000 miles away from me, living in a country I can never enter.

    I could've beaten the case, if I had money to get a good lawyer, and patience of Job.

    Too much to say, but all I want to tell you is thank you for understanding.

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    1. Thank you for your message, Aqeeq. I am glad that my humble efforts have brought you a measure of solace, and I hope that you are able to rebuild your life after the experiences you have been subjected to.

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