In dictatorial regimes, tyrants rule by manipulating prevailing public emotions. They use the smallest emotional opportunity to create draconian laws that take away the people’s rights and freedoms. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has certainly learned a thing or two from this modus operandi.
He wants to use Luka Rocco Magnotta’s gruesome murder and dismemberment of Montreal student Jun Lin to revive Bill C-30, the Conservative government’s doomed Internet surveillance legislation.
The Conservatives today dragged the former Liberal party staffer behind the famous VikiLeaks30 Twitter affair before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. And they hoped to crucify Adam Carroll. Make him an example for all of us who may dare challenge the excesses of abused political power. But Carroll came prepared to fight. Quote:
“I took an approach that, put simply, argued, if the minister feels strongly that he should know everything about us, perhaps we should know more about the man who wants unrestricted access to our information.”