"Mr. Alizadeh, an Iranian-born 30-year-old who formerly worked in a halal butcher shop and is now on welfare, is charged with terror conspiracy, having terrorist explosive devices and terrorist fundraising."
Christie Blatchford, The Globe and Mail, September 1, 2010
"Eastern Bolshevism is not only a doctrine of terrorism, it is also the practice of terrorism. It strives for its goals with an infernal thoroughness, using every resource at its disposal, regardless of the welfare, prosperity, or peace of the peoples it ruthlessly oppresses."
Joseph Goebbels, February 18, 1943
We are speaking here of the Criminal Code of Canada. There is nothing about "terrorism" that wasn't already in the Criminal Code of Canada, as shown by its definition of "terrorism" at Section 83:
83.01 (1) The following definitions apply in this Part.
« Canadien »
“Canadian” means a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a body corporate incorporated and continued under the laws of Canada or a province.
« entité »
“entity” means a person, group, trust, partnership or fund or an unincorporated association or organization.
« entité inscrite »
“listed entity” means an entity on a list established by the Governor in Council under section 83.05.
« activité terroriste »
“terrorist activity” means
(a) an act or omission that is committed in or outside Canada and that, if committed in Canada, is one of the following offences:
(i) the offences referred to in subsection 7(2) that implement the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft, signed at The Hague on December 16, 1970,
(ii) the offences referred to in subsection 7(2) that implement the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, signed at Montreal on September 23, 1971,
(iii) the offences referred to in subsection 7(3) that implement the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 14, 1973,
(iv) the offences referred to in subsection 7(3.1) that implement the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 17, 1979,
(v) the offences referred to in subsection 7(3.4) or (3.6) that implement the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, done at Vienna and New York on March 3, 1980,
(vi) the offences referred to in subsection 7(2) that implement the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports Serving International Civil Aviation, supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, signed at Montreal on February 24, 1988,
(vii) the offences referred to in subsection 7(2.1) that implement the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, done at Rome on March 10, 1988,
(viii) the offences referred to in subsection 7(2.1) or (2.2) that implement the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf, done at Rome on March 10, 1988,
(ix) the offences referred to in subsection 7(3.72) that implement the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 15, 1997, and
(x) the offences referred to in subsection 7(3.73) that implement the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1999, or
(b) an act or omission, in or outside Canada,
(i) that is committed
(A) in whole or in part for a political, religious or ideological purpose, objective or cause, and
(B) in whole or in part with the intention of intimidating the public, or a segment of the public, with regard to its security, including its economic security, or compelling a person, a government or a domestic or an international organization to do or to refrain from doing any act, whether the public or the person, government or organization is inside or outside Canada, and
(ii) that intentionally
(A) causes death or serious bodily harm to a person by the use of violence,
(B) endangers a person’s life,
(C) causes a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or any segment of the public,
(D) causes substantial property damage, whether to public or private property, if causing such damage is likely to result in the conduct or harm referred to in any of clauses (A) to (C), or
(E) causes serious interference with or serious disruption of an essential service, facility or system, whether public or private, other than as a result of advocacy, protest, dissent or stoppage of work that is not intended to result in the conduct or harm referred to in any of clauses (A) to (C),
and includes a conspiracy, attempt or threat to commit any such act or omission, or being an accessory after the fact or counselling in relation to any such act or omission, but, for greater certainty, does not include an act or omission that is committed during an armed conflict and that, at the time and in the place of its commission, is in accordance with customary international law or conventional international law applicable to the conflict, or the activities undertaken by military forces of a state in the exercise of their official duties, to the extent that those activities are governed by other rules of international law.
There's nothing in this section, self-evidently, that wasn't already a crime. You'd think Christie, indomitable crime reporter and Canadian Armed Forces cheerleader, would have actually read the Criminal Code of Canada, but it appears not to be the case. Equally, there is no suggestion that Christie has actually read the Air India Commission report, describing the most horrific made-in-Canada terrorist bombing in history and that, as it happened, didn't involve Muslims, but did involve considerable incompetence on the part of the Canadian government, evidence of which the current government tried strenuously to suppress.
Thus, many of us ordinary citizens have considerable doubts about the ability of the government to know "terrorism" when it sees it, or to recognize its own culpability under the Criminal Code of Canada, particularly the obstruction of justice.
The current government, as well as Christie Blatchford, sees terrorists under the bed, and has scant regard for the power of 800 years of Parliamentary democracy.
Or, in the words of Joe Goebbels:
"In his proclamation on January 30, the Führer asked in a grave and compelling way what would have become of Germany and Europe if, on January 30, 1933, a bourgeois or democratic government had taken power instead of the National Socialists. What dangers would have followed, faster than even we could then have suspected, and what powers of defense would we have had to meet them? Ten years of National Socialism have been enough to make plain to the German people the seriousness of the danger posed by Bolshevism from the East. Now one can understand why we spoke so often of the fight against Bolshevism at our Nuremberg party rallies."
Replace "Bolshevism" with "terrorism" and you're pretty much up to date with Christie. The question is now where to hold the Nuermberg-like anti-terrorism rallies. "Ground Zero" in Manhattan? The Sky Dome? Huntsville?