We will finally keep our freedom only by living freeApr 25th, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief
So if Canadians are rightly “turned off by the ‘prurient obsession with the private lives of a couple who are encountering serious difficulties’” [best wishes Helena and Rahim], what else is going on that properly begs more serious attention?
Well, for one thing: “A former CSIS director has panned the Conservative [minority] government’s plan to reinstate two contentious provisions of Canada’s anti-terror legislation, saying they ‘slipped’ into law after the 9/11 attacks.”
On a parallel front: “The credibility of an informant in the so-called Toronto 18 case came under attack Thursday as the lawyer for an alleged terror leader tried to paint Mubin Shaikh as a drug abuser who gave selective reports to police.”
On yet another parallel front again our man down under, Greg Barns, has arranged for a compelling DVD documentary on “Australia’s biggest terrorism trial” to be delivered to our door in a plain brown paper wrapper. And: “Perhaps more important than the case itself The Trial explores the threat to our human rights posed by wide-ranging anti-terror laws.”
Watching Australia’s biggest terrorism trial from the comfort of his office board room, in Ganatsekwyagon, Ontario, has prompted our resident political scientist Randall White to look a little more deeply into the strikingly similar Toronto 18 case in Canada — which is just now entering its final phases. CLICK HERE for another of Dr. White’s exhaustive (and exhausting) reports on the subject, or see “Terrorism and human rights on trial : Melbourne 12 (and Toronto 18)” under the Countries of the World category to the right of this page.
What the DVD documentary from Australia does so well, Dr. White finds, “is raise the dilemma of anti-terrorism laws that ‘themselves could pose a bigger threat to our democratic values than the threat of terrorism itself’ in an adult way, which does not just evade all the attendant complexities.” In the very end “what The Trial from down under is ultimately reminding us is simple enough: we will finally keep our freedom only by living free.”