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Go Canada!

Via a Slashdot entry and a story in the Ottawa Citizen comes news of the US State Department's latest Patterns of Global Terrorism report. Canada is mentioned, mostly positively, but including the following passage:

Some US law-enforcement officers have expressed concern that Canadian privacy laws, as well as funding levels for law enforcement, inhibit a fuller and more timely exchange of information and response to requests for assistance. Also, Canadian laws and regulations intended to protect Canadian citizens and landed immigrants from Government intrusion sometimes limit the depth of investigations.
All I can say is, thank goodness at least our neighbor to the north still seems to understand the importance of civil liberties.


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I came across an article this morning reporting on the U.S. State Department's "Patterns of Global Terrorism 2002" report. The article was aimed at the single issue rasied in the report that Canada "doesn't spend enough on policing and places [Read More]


I have to say that the current buzz that I am hearing concerning how we will have to give up some civil liberties to be safe is disheartening.
Throughout our short history we have fought tirelessly for our freedoms and the idea of giving any of them up sickens me. The government that we have formed has an intricate series of checks and balances in it for a reason. I feel like there are some politicians who are using the 911 tragedy and the War on terrorism to remove some of these to their own advantage. Am I being paranoid?

Tina, I don't think you're being paranoid at all.

The simple fact is that the 20 months since 9/11 have brought an unprecedented assault on our civil liberties. US citizens are being held without being charged with a crime. Foreign citizens are being held indefinitely and we are told that no court in the world has any jurisdiction over them.

According to the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Can anyone actually argue that this is the case in the US today?

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