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Monday, June 23, 2008
Lemieux: For Security Reasons
In his latest column, a time-consuming run-in with airport security leads Pierre Lemieux to examine the various ways in which the state seeks to limit our liberty "for security reasons." Human rights commissions and the limits they place on freedom of speech are only the latest attempt by state bureaucrats to intimidate us for our own good.
Lemieux sees past this facade, reminding us that the greatest danger to our safety comes not from the hateful bigot, but from our own government. "It is for security reasons that we must guard ourselves from the state."
Perhaps to intimidate me, my luggage sniffer decided to do a heroin test on my suitcase, which came out positive. Princely, he declared he would redo it “to make sure it is not a false positive”.
Who would have thought that a major Canadian magazine would one day be investigated and prosecuted for a speech crime? In fact, it was easily predictable. Legislate wide powers for the state, create a self-righteous bureaucracy to enforce them, and you are bound, in due time, to see harassment and prosecutions beyond the dreams of the initial supporters.
Posted by westernstandard on June 23, 2008 | Permalink
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I've started to read America Alone, by Mark Steyn, and this article ties in to what Mark talks about. Imagine how useful a tool the CHRC is to an Islamist majority.
Imagine how useful many of the things our current government does, for our security of course, that could also be used against freedom loving people.
Posted by: TM | 2008-06-23 10:11:11 AM
TM- that is why many of us opposed the passage of Bill C68 in Canada and The Patriot Act in the US.
Posted by: DML | 2008-06-23 9:46:43 PM
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