Greenwald: Harper Government Exploiting Recent Attacks To Expand Powers

Terrorism is “the most inflammatory, but also the most meaningless word in our political lexicon,” Greenwald told an audience of over 1,000 during a speech on privacy and state surveillance on Saturday. “We’ve allowed this word terrorism to take on such profound meaning that right before our eyes governments dismantle the protections and defining attributes of western justice in order to keep us safer.”Last week, following two separate incidents that resulted in the death of Canadian soldiers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper argued that Parliament should give the nation’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, more surveillance power to track terror suspects abroad and to detain suspects at home. On Monday, the Conservative government began debate over a bill that would give those agencies additional powers, even as a report published Friday by the Security Intelligence Review Committee found that the CSIS was operating without accountability.

via Greenwald: Harper Government Exploiting Recent Attacks To Expand Powers.

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