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Monday, April 05, 2004



The land of milk and honey

Amazingly, some Canadians are not aware that there is a pretty serious problem with a new brand of terrorism shaking the world - as I watched a CBC report today on gov going to tighten up its anti-terrorism effort, some viewer left a phone comment worrying that this whole idea might lead to too much loss of individual freedoms, privacy, and that Canada gotta stay as free and open as it always has been, since it's not really threatened in any way.

Oh wow. They arrest a guy in Ottawa in connection with the recent arrests in UK (pending further results, the reasons for the charges against him seem pretty bad - intercepted cell-phone convos from that UK group etc), and this "informed viewer" calls in to say he doesn't see any problem :-0

Luckily, the gov is obviously not gonna listen to this kind of wide-eyed innocence and the media won't promote that stupid line either. I mean - do we really need to see a bomb go off in some public place to get some people off their fluffy cloud?

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Which brings back something I've found pretty crazy - a few months back the US announced its plan to tighten security in airports by installing eye-scan devices and finger-printing every incoming passanger, with possibility of full-body search. There was a big outcry about this in the blogs: we don't wanna "pay" for your security obsessions, it's your problem, we don't want to go through this etc.

It kinda puzzled me that people were so upset by things like that. I mean - USA is in a jam (it doesn't even matter at this point if they "brought it upon themselves" or not - that's an academic historical question), a lot of people would like to blow bombs on US soil, people come in with explosives in their shoes and all that stuff.

I'd rather be finger-printed and go through a full-body search by immigration folks than get summarily arrested at an airport and deported to Syria because US federal authorities can't be bothered to disclose on what basis they've arrested me (Maher Arar case).

You've got no business crying against finger-printing. Cry out against non-disclosure of relevant information and obstruction of basic justice. Don't confuse loss of comforts for loss of freedom - believe me, there is a *very* big difference here.





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