As controversy still swarms around the drawing up of Canada’s latest terrorism bill, bill C-51, another astonishing act is in the works in Ottawa that will give CSIS — Canada’s intelligence agency — the legal power in Canada to break the laws of foreign countries.
It’s known as Bill C-44, or the protection of Canada from terrorists act, and it was in discussions in the House conveniently as the attacks in Parliament at the hands of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau occurred — a day that has been proven outright to be anything but what the government and mainstream media would have people believe.
Opposition to bill C-51 comes from basically all who have read it, other than the Harper government and its supporters, as it literally has an amendment — among other horrifying human rights infringing prospects — that states intelligence agencies can disregard Canadian citizens’ rights afforded to them in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, so long as they get it okayed by a judge.
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This other tyrannous bill has other objectives. According to CBC, bill C-44 gives CSIS “explicit authority to operate both inside and outside of Canada, even if that breaks the law in other countries.”
In other words, CSIS agents can do whatever they want at home, which includes withholding information from a judge, not to mention tracking and detaining people before they have even committed a crime, but they can do this in any other country they please, even if that means doing it criminally according the system of law laid out in the state they are operating.
“The proposed bill would also:
• Allow for some exceptions, including disclosure of informants’ identities “if the human source and the [CSIS] director consent to the disclosure of that information.”
• Lay out the process by which a judge could order that an exception be made.
• Make it an offence to divulge any information that would lead to the disclosure of the identity of a CSIS employee “who was, is or is likely to become engaged in covert operational activities.” —CBC.ca.
Meanwhile, Michael Doucet, executive director of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) — the committee in charge of watching Canada’s spy agency — says the new bill will make it even harder for the watchdog organization to keep their eye on CSIS.
This would leave CSIS, essentially, as the sole power inside and outside Canada in respect to the laws of the land, with the power to do anything to anybody, while being responsible to nobody. This equation has yet to work to anyone’s benefit in history. Should we expect totalitarianism to provide a different result this time around?
By Olan Thomas of Cut2TheTruth.com.
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