It was Benjamin Franklin who once said, “those who give up their liberties and freedoms for security deserve neither.”
Canada has introduced new anti-terror laws that will allow CSIS, the RCMP and police departments more powers to collect, share and intervene in terror related intelligence. Introducing the legislation, Prime Minister Stephen Harper remarked: “Every time we talk about security, they suggest that somehow our freedoms are threatened. I think what Canadians understand is that their freedoms and security more often than not go hand in hand.”
These new laws are really no different from those that Jean Chretien introduced, and his government received the same tyrannical and apocalyptic responses from all sorts of civil liberties organizations. Bill C-51 also received a damning conspiracy theory from whistleblower Edward Snowden. He claims that we should be weary of this bill. He is wrong.
According to the facts, it will allow CSIS and the RCMP powers to prevent the conspiracy and acts of terrorism. It does have measures that prevents the organizations from abusing these powers. However, in these turbulent times we ought to focus on not only preventing terrorism, but detaining those who are in the midst or even thinking about terrorism.
It ought not be dedicated only to the dark and gloomy world of some basement. This is a war on terror. Because terrorists want to bring their battle to Canada, wouldn’t you agree that even our home soil can be a battle field. It would even make more sense to allow the military powers to expel enemy insurgents even on our home soil.
This brings us to one burning question. If we have nothing to hide, then why should we fear this bill. Unless we are a jihad in waiting, we shouldn’t fear this bill. We should welcome it. We will not give up our freedoms or our liberty for safety. We will ensure our freedoms and our liberty are safe from evil.