Policiticians Against the PATRIOT Act and Bill C-51

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‘This is a debate over your right to be left alone.’ – Rand Paul, U.S. Senator

‘So, are those what enemies of the state have become? Anybody who happens to have a an opinion? Anyone who happens to have the audacity to be against a government’s policy (…)’  Nathan Cullen, Canadian MP

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Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act – May 31, 2015

Partial and rough transcript by CNLib

Rand Paul: (…) This is a debate over the Bill of Rights. This is a debate over the Fourth Amendment. This is a debate over your right to be left alone. (…) The right to be left alone is the most cherished of rights. The right to be left alone is the most prized to civilized man. Let us be clear: we are here tonight because the president continues to conduct an illegal program.

The president has been rebuked by the court. The president has been told in explicit terms that the program he is conducting is illegal. (…) The president started this program without congressional permission.

Even the authors of the Patriot Act say that the Patriot Act in no way gives authority to the president to collect all of your phone records, all of the time. If there ever was a general warrant, if there ever was a generalized collection of information from people to which there is no suspicion – this is it!

We are not collecting the information of spies; we are not collecting the information of terrorists: we are collecting all american’s citizen’s records all of the time. This is what we fought the revolution over. Are we so blindly going to give up our freedom? Are we so blindly going to say : Take it ! Well, I am not going to take it any more! I don’t think the american people are going to take it any more. 80% of those under forty said we’ve gone too far. (…) And realize that they were dishonest about the program – until we caught them! (…) The head of the intelligence agency lied to the american people – and he still works here! (…)

Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act – May 31, 2015Senator Rand Paul

Nathan Cullen takes down Harper’s spy bill C-51

During final debates on May 5, 2015, MP Nathan Cullen criticizes Stephen Harper’s spy bill (C-51), which jeopardizes civil liberties and privacy for all Canadians, and does nothing to defend Canadians from real terrorist threats.

Partial and rough transcript by CNLib

Nathan Cullen : (…) Let me preempt my comments by suggesting that – and confirming that – the primary role of government is to keep its citizenry safe from threats both domestic and foreign.

Now those are threats that can be borne out by groups; they can also be threats to our liberties and our security borne out by our government itself that no longer has the ability to maintain any semblance of balance and understanding of what it is to live in a free and fair democracy. (…)

Now let’s look at this. So, if it’s not for legitimate security reasons, then what’s it for? One doesn’t have to go through too far back into the conservative agenda and history to realize that the Conservatives do have an agenda here. (…)

The conservatives have time and time again shown who their enemies are. We all recall the famous «enemies list» (..) back in 2012, they wanted to compile together – this is a memo from the Prime Minister of Canada’s office asking government officials to compile a list of stakeholders who were friends and stakeholders who were enemies – in their words. Fast forward to then natural resource Minister – now finance minister – who in attacking opponents of his pipeline dreams in northern British Columbia said that their opponents were enemies of the state and foreign funded radicals. Now, take those two comments for what they are : enemies of the state for opposing an industrial project – a pipeline that is highly controversial, in fact opposed by two-thirds of British Columbians.

So, are those what enemies of the state have become? Anybody who happens to have a an opinion? Anyone who happens to have the audacity to be against a government’s policy or industrial proposal – which by the way threatens our very way of life in northern British Columbia?

There are three points at this bill that are most worrisome,mister speaker. First, that the definition of terrorism is vastly expand to include things like economic interests and countering government policy. Well, mister speaker, if, if the net is cast so broad to include anything as a terrorist activity that happens to contravene something that the government of the day wants to push forward, then we have to ask ourselves: ”what type country are we living in?” and what that the country is imagined by conservatives.

(…) At foundation of what this democracy, and in any free and right-thinking democracy stands for that the state simply can’t without the purview of a judge, without rational and proper discourse go in and interfere with the private lives of Canadians. (…)

So the bill has to be scrapped entirely. Former Supreme Court judges, former prime ministers – both liberal and conservative – called this bill for what it is : which is an affront to basic Canadian values. And for me, as somebody who has great faith and pride in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to see that the impact on those rights and freedoms as proposed by this bill with little to no justification at all is incredibly worries. (…)

Nathan Cullen takes down Harper’s spy bill C-51Nathan Cullen– Published on May 5, 2015

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