Some random thoughts on terrorism:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
- The difference between terrorism and an ordinary crime like bank robbery is that you want to prevent terrorism; with bank robbery, you are happy to catch the culprits after the fact.
- One of the techniques to prevent terrorism is to infiltrate protest groups. The infiltrator feels obligated to find some illegal acts, so he often foments terrorism even when it is not there.
- Tyrants throughout history have claimed a reduction in rights was necessary to combat terrorists. Further they accused anyone who disagreed of being terrorist sympathisers.
- If we could be sure the accused were guilty, we would not need a criminal justice system. Oddly we are dispensing with the criminal justice system and constitutional rights for accused terrorists, when the evidence against them is much weaker than for ordinary criminals. All that is required is a hunch/grudge. Harper and friends talk about the need for laws to stop terrorists while totally ignoring the problem of catching innocent people in the their net. They don’t care because nearly always these people are automatically guilty in Harper’s fundamentalist eyes of the crime of having a Muslim name who deserve punishment for rejecting Jesus as the son of god.
- Harper has repeatedly referred to pipeline protesters and forestry protesters as terrorists. His new bill C-51 allows him to arrest them as terrorists. He protests he would never do that, but he refuses to change the wording of bill C-51 to remove that power.
- Harper claims oversight is unnecessary even though the USA, Britain and Australia all have oversight.
- The main terrorist threats putting Canada at risk are home grown. They are motivated by Canada’s illegal invasion of Afghanistan. They are motivated by Canadian atrocities. They are motivated by Canada’s blind support of Israel against Palestine. The best way to stop that sort of terrorism is to behave honourably on the international stage.