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2009-06-20 02:43 pm
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Warrantless wiretapping comes to Canada!

So, thanks to this BoingBoing post and the linked Calgary Herald article I've learned that the Conservative government has proposed legislation that will, if passed:
  • force ISPs to divulge subscribers' personal information without a warrant
  • force ISPs to install monitoring equipment at their own expense to enable police surveillance of their subscribers
  • allow the police to remotely activate tracking devices such as the GPS built in to most current cell-phones
  • and more!

Specifically, two bills called the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act and the Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Act have been introduced by Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson and Minister of Public Safety Peter Van Loan.

As you may imagine, this has me pissed off enough that I'm writing three variations of a letter: one for the two MPs who put their names to this, one to the office of the Prime Minister, and one to my Member of Parliament (who is NDP, and is likely already actively opposing these bills). I'm printing and snail-mailing all four copies, because I hear that physical letters carry more weight with politicians. If you are Canadian and you're reading this and you value your civil liberties, I urge you to call, write, or e-mail at least your own MP.
So here is the first version of my letter: Click for angry political letter )

I'm certainly open to suggestions and opinions on the letter.
And, hell, if you want to sign your name to it and send a copy yourself, be my guest.

(Manually x-posted to LJ)