Stephen Harper (fittingly) shuts down debate on “anti-terror” bill that would shut down ALL debate

In war, as the aphorism goes, truth is the first casualty. But the latest phase in Canada’s war on terror targets a different victim: any sense of irony.

This became apparent on February 23, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government — backing a sweeping anti-terrorism bill to expand state surveillance powers and criminalize speech deemed to potentially “advocate” terrorism — closed down debate on the same bill after only three days of discussion.

Bill C-51 — drafted in response to two recent lone-wolf attacks, including one that ended in a shootout in the Ottawa House of Commons — broadens the scope of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), including allowing it to intercept private communications with closed-door judicial authorization.

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