Foreign media have just reported: “US Homeland Security Planning Database to Track Journalists, Monitor ‘Sentiment’”. Will Canada follow suite?
Such ideas are always implemented to protect the system that benefits the elites at the expense of the population. There is no other explanation for it, although many other excuses are being used to mask the truth. The gap between the rich and the poor has grown too big and the elites are scared of the people, they want to protect their loot and their privileges. This is why they push the agendas of disarming the population and spying on everybody. Maybe this is why they promote the war agenda, as well – to divert public attention from social issues.
I have observed the same tendencies in the Soviet sphere of influence, before the collapse of the Soviet Union. At that time, technology was not as advanced as it is today but similar measures were applied by the communist states in order to protect the system. Historically, this has always been the case in the final stages of empires. Usually, military and security agencies are being used to enforce and oversee this process. They turn against the people and this leads to a crisis that accelerates the collapse of the increasingly unpopular system.
Such stupid lack of imagination is not useful but military boots and spooks are not supposed to think, they are supposed to follow orders. They rely on technology because they don’t understand social processes, they are not trained to understand, to connect the dots. All they can do is “memorize” facts. This is how they were trained and this is how they operate. They collect data. This is why they seek technologies that will memorize and organize information for them.
I sincerely hope that Canadian agencies and Canadian politicians function at a higher intellectual level, although they also occassionally give in to “pressures from abroad”.
I honestly miss the times of Pierre Trudeau, when Canada had only friends, when Canadians were safe everywhere, when Canada was known and respected as a peaceful, trading nation. The positive outcome of such an arrangement was good for us and for the future of our children. The effects of such ideological arrangement were benefiting all Canadians. There was more freedom, more public access, more consumer protection, more social assistance and social justice, and more compassion. Our privacy and our rights were respected, the environment and wildlife were protected, we enjoyed FT job security, good benefits, and paid holidays. Working families had access to affordable recreational opportunities. People were happier and, therefore, more productive. Standard of living was higher, political and social pressures were lower, political parties were not corrupted and controlled by narrow interest groups with deep pockets, politicians listened to the people instead of their corporate sponsors, … and the list goes on.
And then, the “bad” Soviet Union collapsed, the ideological competition ended, and “capitalism with human face” transformed into “capitalism in your face”. We can see it all around us, the monopolization, the end of competition, the unprecedented and ruthless price gouging, the media that serve this new reality, the education that dumbs down the nation, the declining health care, and the declining access to outdoor recreation, so that the poor are kept in city ghettos and don’t see the yachts and summer houses of the rich. We also have offshoring and outsourcing, many PT jobs without benefits or decent holidays, and many hidden austerity measures. Add to it the criminal and extremely risky foreign policy, driven by greedy war agendas that lead to WW3 and amount to armed robbery (read: war crimes), and you will see that there are reasons for legitimate concerns. Especially, if you consider that a nuclear war between major superpowers will see no winners. Everybody will lose.
The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is considered one of the major pillars of human rights. It, in part, reads:
1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.