Friday, October 24, 2014

War-trickery

"Harper vows to fast-track boost to spy, policing powers after shooting"  The attack will mute the opposition and public opinion and allow the fascist legislation to go through unamended.

Tweet (George Galloway):
"Harper set out to make Canada, once loved, one of the hated. To please his Zionist chums he outdid Netanyahu"
Tweet (George Galloway):
"condolences to Canada under terrorist attack. Harper deliberately steered the most provocative course recruiting many such terrorist killers"
"Non-Aligned Media: “Canadian authorities ran war game drills depicting ISIS attack scenarios”"

"Why do we ignore the civilians killed in American wars?"

"Pro-war pundits: always wrong, always claiming to be right — and always erasing the victims"

"Gunmen in Ottawa : Questioning Canadian militarism"

"Reflections on a violent day in Ottawa":
"In this climate, do not expect our finest hour. Yesterday's events will be used as the springboard to call for greater militarization of the national culture and justification for unending war against ISIL/ISIS or any other convenient enemy-du-jour. This will lead to further increases in war spending, despite the fact that the War Dept. was supposed to come up with $2 billion in cuts. The wars in Ukraine and Iraq -- costs for which are being kept secret, without much protest -- will easily double that. These events will also be used to attack anyone who questions Canada's role in wars past or present.

The events of yesterday will likely also have a congealing impact on Parliamentarians who, understandably, shared a trauma together. Wednesday was supposed to be the Harper government's opportunity to unleash a new round of legislative measures designed to give CSIS and the RCMP even more freedom to trade information with torturers, monitor people overseas, take part in extraordinary rendition programs, and be completely immune from prosecution and oversight by the creation of a special class privilege that would assert the right of CSIS agents and informers not to be questioned about their activities in any court of law, public or secret.

But after yesterday, what opposition leader who wants to appear prime ministerial will feel comfortable saying no to such an agenda? The Conservatives will no doubt frame the issue with the familiar refrain, "you're either with the terrorists or against them."

Perhaps the most immediate impact will be felt in certain communities targeted for racial and religious profiling. While Canadian soldiers have been told to stay indoors and not show themselves in public, individuals of South Asian or Middle Eastern heritage, and certainly anyone who may be a Muslim or perceived as one, may have second thoughts about being out in public. These communities will be the subject of demands from the media and some "community leaders" to "out" radicalized young people, to call in "suspicious" behavior (undefined), and to report their neighbours to CSIS or the Mounties. They will find greater difficulty travelling, and they will learn first-hand about something called the Passenger Protect Program (or no-fly list)."



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