As usual those in power would like more power to tell us what we can and cannot do. The fact that Toews thinks we are well prepared for any Boston type situation doesn’t mean that that we have enough anti-terrorism powers in place right now.
Like any politician with an authoritarian streak in them Vic wants more laws to enable him to indulge in yet more panty sniffing. But what are these laws?
Some of the measures contained in Bill S-7, called the “Combating Terrorism Act,” include:
Making it an offence to leave the country to participate in acts of terror
Granting police the powers to pre-emptively arrest someone and hold them for up to three days without charge
Imprisonment for up to 12 months if an indvidual refuses to testify before a judge in an investigative hearing
So how in the name of the wee man will the above help prevent a Boston type bombing?
- First one looks pretty ineffective.
- Second one might have helped, but if the BPD had enough suspicions to do that then I’m hoping they would have been watching the bombers and would have stepped in prior to the bang.
- Third one needs you to have identified the bombers first so falls on teh same hurdle as the second one.
Basically these measures would not have prevented a Boston style bombing and Toews is being a lazy arse and trying to use a recent attack and the concern it engenders to do his work for him. I guess he needs to get home to see the babysitter.
The appointment of this idiot to this position of importance just shows how incompetent Stephen Harper is. It also shows that the right are no friends of individual liberty as well as enemies of rational thought.