“Protecting #humanrights and protecting public safety are complementary objectives, but experience has shown that serious human rights abuses can occur in the name of maintaining national security. Given the secrecy around national security activities, abuses can go undetected and without remedy. This results not only in devastating personal consequences for the individuals, but a profoundly negative impact on Canada’s reputation as a rights-respecting nation.”
An open letter written by four former Canadian prime ministers, five former supreme court justices and several cabinet ministers regarding the bill C-51 in the Canadian parliament.
‘Name An Accomplishment’: A Question Republicans Shouldn’t Ask
With her boffo appearance at CPAC, it became obvious why Carly Fiorina masquerades as a presidential candidate: She loves the attention! According to National Review, her CPAC remarks scored a hit, if only because she trashed Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State. Fiorina certainly proved her cred as a Fox News Republican. She eagerly parroted familiar talking points about Clinton – “Name an accomplishment!” – and accused Clinton of saying, “What difference does it make?” in response to the attack on the Benghazi consulate. Such craven willingness to lie for a cheap cheer at CPAC is all they – or we – need to know about Fiorina.
Few former secretaries of state can actually point to a single, world-historical achievement distinguishing their tenure. Clinton went far, and not just literally, toward restoring American prestige and alliances after the nadir of the Bush administration.
As for Bush’s secretaries of state, both share responsibility for bringing this country to a very low point: Colin Powell with his infamous UN speech on Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction,” a decision that he has since disowned; and Condoleezza Rice, with her “mushroom cloud” fakery and a long series of lies on the same topic. Hundreds of thousands dead, still more grievously wounded and left homeless, trillions of dollars squandered, and a violent Islamist movement rising from the ruins: Now there’s a whole series of accomplishments! Neither Powell nor Rice is likely to be remembered for much else.
Well guys ‘Net Neutrality’ was passed. The freedom of the Internet in the United States is going out the window so the government can regulate the Internet the way China’s government does. The way North Koreas government does. The U.S. government is slowing taking total control and if you fail to see that, wake the hell up because shits getting real. ‘We have to pass this to see what’s in it’ bullshit. That’s not how it works. That’s stupid. Who the hell let that happen oh wait. Everyone.
Free enterprise is dying. The free Internet is about to be strangled and killed by government control. True oppression at its finest. And many Americans just sit here and do nothing because they’ve been tricked into thinking its fore better.
Immigration experts say the sweeping anti-terrorism bill would give the government — and its spy agency, CSIS — new power to withhold information in cases where suspects are held on security certificates.
The changes are included in Bill C-51’s amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which have received little attention to date.
Security certificates allow the government to detain and deport permanent residents or foreign nationals considered to be a security threat using secret evidence that the accused is not allowed to see.
The bill states the government would only be required to disclose material that’s “relevant to grounds of inadmissibility stated in the [security] certificate.”
That contradicts key Supreme Court rulings on what the Crown must provide to the special advocates of people being held on the controversial certificates, say lawyers who have acted as special advocates.
"That [change] gives CSIS the power to decide what part of the file is going to be disclosed, and what part of the file is not going to be disclosed," says immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman.
"It will significantly alter the balance and the fairness of the procedure, a balance the Supreme Court has been very careful to craft."
If it’s so great, why won’t they let us know what’s in those 300 pages of regulations??
And by the way, for all you dumber-than-dirt low-information folks out there (and that includes YOU, Tumblr Staff: This is NOT legislation passed by Congress; it’s an unconstitutional edict IMPOSED by the FCC. So now the federal government has just taken away a little more of your freedom—and you’re celebrating. Sheesh.
Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose made an unexpected leap Friday from talking about health-care innovation to fears over the threat of the Islamic State.
Ambrose was discussing health care in a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce when she abruptly changed topics.
"We’re also proud of our record of making careful, principled choices reflecting the values of Canadians whether it’s economic and financial security or creating and protecting jobs but also keeping Canada and Canadians safe in a dangerous and an uncertain world," Ambrose said.
"I know it’s on a lot of people’s minds and the truth is we are again at war with a very dangerous enemy, ISIL’s campaign of what is unspeakable atrocities, whether it’s beheadings or rape or slavery on the most innocent of people including women and children."
A bill in Canada’s parliament that is supposed to protect trans people from discrimination was amended this week… in order to allow anti-trans discrimination in bathrooms and other gendered public spaces.
1. The Internet has grown rapidly, creating untold economic benefits, largely because the government has refrained from interfering with it.
“For twenty years, there’s been a bipartisan consensus in favor of a free and open Internet … [and] the results speak for themselves. Dating back to the Clinton Administration, every FCC Chairman—Republican and Democrat—has let the Internet grow free from utility-style regulation.”
“But today, the FCC abandons those policies. It reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a Title II telecommunications service. It seizes unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct, to direct where Internet service providers (ISPs) make their investments, and to determine what service plans will be available to the American public.”
“This is … a radical departure from the bipartisan, market-oriented policies that have served us so well for the last two decades.”
2. Title II regulations attempt to solve problems that don’t exist with enough consistency to address with federal government regulation.
No one mentions that Verizon took an absolute shellacking in the court of public opinion and clever consumers found a solution to the throttling that literally takes five minutes to fix — in short, the free market and free Internet largely prevailed on its own (as both are apt to do). Needless to say, far and few between are government regulations that are cheap and take five minutes to enact and don’t cause 10 more unintended problems in their wake (are there any?).
Here’s what Pai had to say:
“So the FCC is abandoning a 20-year-old, bipartisan framework for keeping the Internet free and open in favor of Great Depression-era legislation designed to regulate Ma Bell. But at least we’re getting something in return, right? Wrong. The Internet is not broken. There is no problem for the government to solve.”
“Nevertheless, the Order ominously claims that ‘[t]hreats to Internet openness remain today.’ It argues that broadband providers ‘hold all the tools necessary to deceive consumers, degrade content, or disfavor the content that they don’t like,’ and it asserts that the FCC continues ‘to hear concerns about other broadband provider practices involving blocking or degrading third-party applications.’”
“The evidence of these continuing threats? There is none; it’s all anecdote, hypothesis, and hysteria. A small ISP in North Carolina allegedly blocked VoIP calls a decade ago. Comcast capped BitTorrent traffic to ease upload congestion eight years ago. Apple introduced Facetime over Wi-Fi first, cellular networks later. Examples this picayune and stale aren’t enough to tell a coherent story about net neutrality. The bogeyman never had it so easy.”
3. Title II regulations will lead to new taxes and slower broadband speeds for consumers.
“Literally nothing in this Order will promote competition among ISPs. To the contrary, reclassifying broadband will drive competitors out of business. Monopoly rules designed for the monopoly era will inevitably move us in the direction of a monopoly. If you liked the Ma Bell monopoly in the 20th century, you’ll love Pa Broadband in the 21st.”
“One avenue for higher bills is the new taxes and fees that will be applied to broadband. If you look at your phone bill, you’ll see a ‘Universal Service Fee,’ or something like it. These fees—what most Americans would call taxes—are paid by Americans on their telephone service.”
“Consumers haven’t had to pay these taxes on their broadband bills because broadband has never before been a Title II service. But now it is. And so the Orderexplicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes. Indeed, it repeatedly states that it is only deferring a decision on new broadband taxes—not prohibiting them.”
“These Internet regulations will work another serious harm on consumers. Their broadband speeds will be slower.”
“The record is replete with evidence that Title II regulations will slow investment and innovation in broadband networks. Remember: Broadband networks don’t have to be built. Capital doesn’t have to be invested here. Risks don’t have to be taken. The more difficult the FCC makes the business case for deployment, the less likely it is that broadband providers big and small will connect Americans with digital opportunities.”
“The Old World offers a cautionary tale here. Compare the broadband market in the United States to that in Europe, where broadband is generally regulated as a public utility. Today, 82 percent of Americans have access to 25 Mbps broadband speeds. In Europe, that figure is only 54 percent. Moreover, in the United States, average mobile broadband speeds are 30% faster than they are in Western Europe.”
USA Today weighed in on the controversy surrounding DHS funding with an editorial that carried a spot-on proposal for what Congress should do anytime they shut even part of the government down. The USA Today editorial board believes Congress is using federal employees as pawns in their antics, and there should be something in place that will make them think twice about playing these games.