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A timely new story on police and internet

For Vic Toews or the Conservative government and the furore they’ve caused with Bill C-30, the “internet snooping” bill, as I prefer to call it, not the “lawful access” bill, or the law to get child pornographers off the internet bill, or whatever ridiculous name Vic Toews tries to come up with, this story isn’t exactly good timing for them:

Fourteen Vancouver police officers and one civilian staff member have been reprimanded for circulating pornography on work computers, the force announced on Thursday morning. The department says members circulated dozens of videos and images ranging from swimsuit models to pornography, but did not include any illegal images or child pornography.

These are some of the folk that the Harper government and Vic Toews wants to allow to spy on you without first getting a warrant. Are all police like this? Of course not, but it takes only a few bad apples like this to abuse a system.

The watchers need to be watched. That’s what the courts are for, and why warrantless surveillance without judicial oversight should be scrapped.

4 comments to A timely new story on police and internet

  • Fred from BC

    Beerbob

    The really important question is not “how it even got written the way it is now”. It’s why. It has to do with control and authoritarianism.

    Yes…in this case, Liberal ‘authoritarianism’. This bill is almost a carbon-copy of Paul Martin’s Bill C74, which died on the order table in 2005 (no real surprise, since civil servants actually write the bill, and the same ones are in place now as were there in 2005). What puzzles me is why no one took the time to *really* read all 650 pages of it; seems like they just scanned it quickly. Either that, or perhaps Stephen Harper had this planned all along: he’ll allow the bill to be changed in committee, then present that as an example of him listening to public input (in direct contravention of the prevailing opposition claims of him being intransigent and dictatorial). Win-win all around.

    (one thing that *won’t* be happening is Vic Toews resigning. He’ll be demoted a few months from now, but not in such a way that the opposition could claim any credit for it..;)

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  • Beerbob

    The really important question is not “how it even got written the way it is now”. It’s why. It has to do with control and authoritarianism.

    http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

    Mr. Altemyer is an authority on the subject. His work has been attacked repeatedly. It stands.

  • Fred from BC

    The bill will be changed to reflect privacy concerns. I don’t know how it even got written the way it is now. Ironically though, most people have missed the fact that it isn’t only the RCMP who could access this information without a warrant, it is *anyone* the government designates as acting on their behalf. The irony? The very same provisions were included in the last major ‘gun control’ bill by the Liberals: (the police (or *anyone* else) can come to your house at any time, day or night, and search anything and everything (even your computer!) for guns, gun-related items, written records of guns, etc, etc,). And you *must* assist them in doing so, or be arrested.

    Pretty scary, ‘police state’ stuff, for sure. But nothing new to gun owners…

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