If “Law enforcement has no role in policing the thoughts of Canadians” then why is the RCMP attempting to police the thoughts of Canadians?
In a disturbing but not surprising development, the RCMP wants all “anti-government, anti-law enforcement” statements reported so the RCMP’s Thought Crimes Squad can “monitor” those heinous mere citizens who believe their right to Freedom of Expression is still a thing.
What a pile of bovine excrement.
Seems that, under this new initiative, I’ll be reported to the RCMP on a regular basis because I regularly criticize bad policy makers at every level of government.
I also regularly report on criminals who carry badges and guns and wear a colored stripe down their legs, too. My RCMP Hall of Shame is but one example of “unapproved” thoughts the RCMP now believes should be reported and investigated.
When in Doubt, Report It?
“When in doubt, report it,” RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said in a statement promoting the RCMP’s Guide to Reporting Suspicious Incidents.
Given the litany of complaints over staffing shortages coming from Commissioner Lucki and her subordinates, I can’t think of a stupider line for her to say out loud.
Is the RCMP really going to waste scarce resources investigating me because I called her an idiot for making that statement? (Guess I’ll find out shortly…)
None of this comes as a surprise to me, nor will it surprise anyone else who pays attention to these issues because the RCMP has a long history approving of and promoting government censorship of mere citizens.
As noted in Blacklock’s Reporter, the RCMP praised Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government for its proposed legislation to censor the internet of unapproved thoughts and opinions.
The RCMP heartily endorsed Bill C-36 – An Act To Amend The Criminal Code and approved of its $70,000 fines for anyone who posted legal content that someone else found “offensive”.
“It [Bill C-36] may not seem like a massive development in terms of dealing with the scope of everything that’s been talked about here today, but it will equip law enforcement to see more things through to charges in this country.”
—RCMP Corporal Anthony Statham, British Columbia Hate Crimes Team
During a July 19 webinar sponsored by the federally-subsidized Canadian Anti-Hate Network, Corporal Statham said the following:
“In Canada we don’t have anything regulating speech. Under Section Two of our Charter of Rights our freedom of expression is protected. So there is no such thing as free speech in Canada, only freedom of expression.”
What the ….?
It gets worse.
The opening line of the RCMP’s Guide to Reporting Suspicious Incidents states:
“Some people hold social or political beliefs that may be considered ‘extreme’ or outside mainstream ideologies.”
Given mainstream ideologies, including those of the pathetic Conservative Party of Canada, are so far left that simple common sense is deemed a thought crime, it appears the RCMP believes government-approved opinions are the only opinions we mere citizens can lawfully express.
All other thoughts must be reported to them for investigation.
RCMP Tracking Canadians Is Nothing New
Tracking Canadians and their thoughts is nothing new for the RCMP.
Those of us with a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) or a Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (RPAL) are subjected to the RCMP combing through every word we utter on social media prior to our licence renewals.
But it doesn’t end there.
The RCMP (and other police forces across Canada) have a long history of surveillance state activities as well as manufacturing crimes to further their political agenda.
Remember the Victoria bomb plot that was manufactured by 240 RCMP members who were paid almost $1 million in overtime to “foil” the plot they hatched? That’s just one of many cases that prove unfettered power is detrimental to our rights and freedoms.
In their report, To Surveil and Predict: A Human Rights Analysis of Algorithmic Policing in Canada, Kate Robertson, Cynthia Khoo, and Yolanda Song state:
Algorithmic policing is an area of technological development that, in theory, is designed to enable law enforcement agencies to either automate surveillance or to draw inferences through the use of mass data processing in the hopes of predicting potential criminal activity.
The latter type of technology and the policing methods built upon it are often referred to as predictive policing.
Algorithmic policing methods often rely on the aggregation and analysis of massive volumes of data, such as personal information, communications data, biometric data, geolocation data, images, social media content, and policing data (such as statistics based on police arrests or criminal records).
This report first outlines the methodology and scope of analysis in Part 1. In Part 2, the report provides critical social and historical contexts regarding the criminal justice system in Canada, including issues regarding systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system and bias in policing data sets.
This social and historical context is important to understand how algorithmic policing technologies present heightened risks of harm to civil liberties and related concerns under human rights and constitutional law for certain individuals and communities.
The sixth of their seven recommendations states:
Law enforcement authorities must not have unchecked use of algorithmic policing technologies in public spaces: police services should prohibit reliance on algorithmic predictions to justify interference with individual liberty, and must obtain prior judicial authorization before deploying algorithmic surveillance tools at public gatherings and in online environments.
In other words, violating our human rights is of little concern to policing agencies because, for them, the ends always justify the means. Even if the means is manufacturing the crime that must be solved, as noted above.
Given Brenda Lucki’s insistence that every statement should be reported and RCMP Corporal Anthony Statham’s belief that Canadians have no right to Free Speech, it’s easy to see why the government and the RCMP will never accept these recommendations.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government and the RCMP wholeheartedly believe in the Almighty Surveillance State.