The first freedom lost in a surveillance society is the freedom to control one’s public identity. But the second freedom lost in a surveillance society is the freedom to make spontaneous unselfconscious choices. Through awareness of constant monitoring we experience a new society of permissions.
Canada sets a new example for social control:
According to a new law in Canada, Bill C-51, it is possible for a person to be put into prison for five years for saying anything appearing to espouse extremists’ views. Any law can be broken in pursuit of extremists. Here’s some quoted material:
The claim that Bill C-51 is an anti-terrorist measure is a brazen lie. Running to well over 600 pages, it amends numerous laws to give vast new powers to Canada’s spy agencies and the police.
Canada’s premier spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, is to be empowered to break virtually any law when disrupting what it deems threats to Canada’s national security, including ostensible threats to Canada’s economic stability and infrastructure, territorial integrity, and diplomatic relations.
The only provisos are that when employing illegal measures against opponents of the government, CSIS must not kill people, cause bodily harm, or impugn their “sexual integrity.” They also will require a judge acting in secret and on the basis of secret jurisprudence to grant them a “disruption warrant.”
No one should be taken in by the government’s pretense that “lawful dissent” will be protected from CSIS dirty tricks and provocations. Canada’s national security apparatus is notorious for spying on socialist, labor, anti-war, environmental, and aboriginal groups and justifying it on the grounds that one of their members “may” engage in unlawful activity sometime in the future.
The International Declaration of Human Rights specifically protects freedom of expression:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Spain to pass new laws to “gag” protests by requiring permits and fining unauthorized protests. There have be protests to this law over the past month but no government fearing cowardly media has reported it. The Guardian is my source. Evidently Uncle MoneyBags is getting upset over the protests which prevent evictions which interferes with Big Finances acquisition of properties for pennies on the dollar. Uncle MoneyBags also wants no more photographing of police in this new law and no more video journalism of protests, I assume, too. Illegal physical brutality against protesters by police must be kept secret or it a) would look like the terrorizing of the citizenry which it is, or b) might end up in lawsuits against individual police and expensive payouts to victims of brutality. Law supposedly takes effect in July.
France, Australia, and Canada’s new draconian ‘antiterrorism’ laws will seriously curb free speech as websites will be blocked, and outspoken persons will be roughly treated as guilty until proven innocent. Glenn Greenwald writes that this is clearly aimed at suppressing the views of persons who oppose official government policy such as activists, dissenters and protestors.