In a free society, the political and moral principle of a human right exists to subordinate the laws of society to the fundamental requirements of human life. Thus, rights inhere in the people that constitute a state – they are not granted to a people by the government. In fact, for a government to be of any use to those living under its terms, its first order of business must be to forbid the initiation of force against one’s fellow citizens; meaning others must not use or threaten to use force to take away your life, your freedom to act, or your means of sustaining your life. In other words, live and let live. Any state that initiates force against its own citizens suffers from a terminal corruption – like a cancer or an immune system gone rogue, such a state attacks the very living cells it is supposed to protect. What are we to make, then, of the new-found enthusiasm of governments in the west to surveil us, detain and beat those expressing dissent, subject travellers to increasingly invasive and indiscriminate searches, all the while hiking taxes and handing the proceeds to political cronies? To protect our freedom from ‘terror’, it seems, we must submit to an authoritarian gradualism and accept our new status as prison inmates while we watch our liberties drain away. Such a disease can only metastatize until it eventually kills its host. Such a state has come to serve its rulers rather than its citizens.
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flotilla activists by end of day | Canada’s inhumane prison plan | 72% of Guantanamo detainees given hearings found to be wrongfully detained | UK Torture claims investigation ordered by Foreign Secretary | Pot activist Marc Emery on his way to US jail | Nicolas Sarkozy’s cabinet approves bill to ban full Islamic veil | Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites | Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has passport confiscated in Australia | Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed | Young Quebec student strip-searched, stranded in U.S. border ordeal | Storage of newborns’ blood samples raises privacy concerns | Random sobriety tests would breach constitutional rights: Bar association | Marc Emery, ‘Prince of Pot’ will be extradited | MPs divided on Canada-Colombia trade agreement | Keeping America Safe: SWAT Team Storms Family Home, Shoots Pet Dogs, Over Small Bag Of Marijuana | Media can’t shield sources all the time, court rules | Bill would strip terror suspects of U.S. citizenship | Police groups join forces in support of long gun registry | Treat Khadr as child soldier: UN envoy | UK Government cannot use secret evidence in GuantÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡namo torture case, court rules | Wildlife documentaries infringe animals’ privacy, says report | Tories reintroduce anti-terror act provisions that cross line, former CSIS chief warns | French government prepares total ban on full Islamic veils | Gun activists rally in U.S. capital | Abdelrazik’s bank assets frozen | School laptops took thousands of images of students: Lawyer | Ont. smoking club appeal tossed by top court | Access to information risks being ‘obliterated’: report | Niqab gets 2nd Quebec student expelled | Government Lied: Naked Body Scanners CAN Transmit Images | Internet linking rights case to go before Supreme Court | Recent mass grave of the ‘disappeared’ uncovered in Columbia | UK: Pupils forced to submit to fingerprint scans for lunch, parents not consulted | Isohunt 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Carefully | Military trials possible for Sept. 11 terror suspects | United States weighs massive expansion of Internet monitoring | Rights & Democracy dissidents fired | Ontario closer to handing over Ipperwash park to Chippewas | Obama gives Patriot Act another year with no privacy protections | UK: Government fury as judges attack MI5, security services | CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens’ rights | CSIS Agents likely contributed to Toronto man’s torture: Inquiry | Australia to fingerprint, face-scan visitors from Muslim nations | More Details Emerging About School Laptop Spying, And It Doesn’t Look Good | School Spycams Case Explodes As Feds Initiate Probe | Poland releases details on CIA ‘black sites’ | Inuit group blasts Cannon over summit | ACTA Internet Chapter Leaks: Renegotiates WIPO, Sets 3 Strikes as Model | For many aboriginals, the truth of residential schools is irreconcilable: commissioner | Former terror suspect Hassan Almrei wants apology | Ivory 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We have a duty | Feds push for tracking cell phones | ACTA Is Called An ‘Executive Agreement’ To Implement Restrictive Copyright With Less Hassle Than A Treaty | Exposed: Naked Body Scanner Images Of Film Star Printed, Circulated By Airport Staff | Elite Toronto police squad stops and questions thousands | The government has your baby’s DNA | US Interrogation Squad Doing ‘Scientific Research’ | Winter Olympics on slippery slope after Vancouver crackdown on homeless | Police want backdoor to Web users’ private data | Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan | Winnipeg police caught on video beating man | CBC’s new licencing plan: Pay to Print, Email, and Blog, and outsource enforcement to American Copyright Digital Rights Bounty Hunters | ACTA One Step Closer To Being Done; Concerns About Transparency Ignored | Crotch bomber bill before Congress: Treat all ‘terrorism suspects’ as enemy combatants. 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Underwear Bomber Renews Calls for ‘Naked Scanners’ | Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo calls for rights, jailed 11 years for ’subversion’ | Prominent Chinese reformer on trial for subversion | Ottawa seeks secrecy in Tamil migrant case | Iran admits jailed protesters were beaten to death | Copenhagen: the sound of silence | US Buying Illinois Prison for Guantanamo Detainees | UN Goons Silence Journalist Who Questions Gore On Climategate | If Climategate Is No Big Deal, Why Are Questions About It Met With An Armed Response? | Almrei security certificate struck down | We’re no thieves — despite what Rupert Murdoch claims, says Google | Canadian crime and American punishment | Omar Khadr to face Military Commission trial in US | BC Native tribe will petition Ottawa to remove its Indian status | UK Internet surveillance plan to go ahead | Cuban blogger claims she was roughed up by state agents | Teacher rejects fingerprinting for work on religious grounds | Parliament votes ‘in principle’ to scrap gun registry, bill moves to second reading | Court upholds aboriginal fishing rights on Vancouver Island | China launches ’strike hard’ crackdown in Xinjiang | Tories move closer to killing gun registry | How we’re creating an illegal workforce | UN: Drone attacks may violate international law | The Columbia Coverup | More police security cameras approved for Toronto | UBC students tutored on Olympic security rights | China executes Tibetan protesters | UK anti-terrorism strategy ’spies’ on innocent | UN body debates Gaza war crimes report | Hutterite driver’s licence photo appeal rejected | Passage of Bill C-6 Imminent, Gives Health Canada Warrantless Search and Seizure Powers | Anti-Olympic signs could net 6 months’ jail: rights group | Spy agencies now free to eavesdrop on Canadians abroad | Crown attorneys told to stop illegal juror checks | Writers call for probe into human rights commission | Military Police Kidnap G20 Protester, Shove Him Into Unmarked Car | Tory plans for U.S.-style prisons slammed in report | Report: Massive FBI database set to quadruple in size | EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” | Merced police used TASER on unarmed, legless man in a wheelchair | Business as usual: SWAT team breaks down mayor’s door, shoots dogs, ransacks home, refuses to apologize | ‘Stunt driving’ automatic convictions ruled unconstitutional | French Government To Use Swine Flu Threat In Crack Down On Liberties | China’s crackdown for patriotism on 60th anniversary | It’s a great day for freedom of speech: ‘Hate Speech’ laws found to violate Charter Rights | CIA doctors face human experimentation claims | UK Government plans to link criminal records to ID cards | Facebook to make privacy changes, keep user data indefinitely if not deleted | Rendition still happening on Obama’s watch | Obama approves new interrogation unit | Charkaoui asks court to toss security certificate case | Greece To Enforce Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccinations | UK ISPs condemn Internet surveillance plans | UK: New evidence in Binyam Mohamed torture case | Social workers erred in removing child from poor parents: report | UK: Secrets of CIA ‘ghost flights’ to be revealed | Chinese dissident saved by Canada details horror | Alberta Hutterites need enhanced driver’s licence photos: top court | UK: Police given powers to enter homes and tear down anti-Olympics posters during 2012 Games | Supreme Court rules tainted evidence admissible in ‘minor’ Charter violations | CSIS ignored Khadr’s human rights: Parliamentary report | Yahoo! protects user privacy – and gets fined by Belgium | B.C. ‘public guardian’ accused of abusing senior’s rights, property seizure | Selective enforcement: Charkaoui barred from US airspace on flight from Fredericton to Montreal | Pro-rights ‘Charter 08ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â² Manifesto author could face prison in China | Ottawa appeals court order to repatriate Omar Khadr | Supreme Court to rule on ‘tidal-wave’ of press freedom cases | Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear Afghan detainee torture case | Top court to examine if minimum sentences apply despite charter violations | Khawaja appeals terrorism conviction | Manitoba board considers random drug tests for high school students | UK: Big Brother row as police start using camera cars to fine wayward drivers | Province of Ontario fights to keep farm workers from unionizing | Who counts as ‘human’? | UK MP George Galloway takes Canadian speaking ban to court | Rights groups press for better security oversight | Judge finds no entrapment of suspects in Toronto ‘terror’ case | Security certificate detainee requests prison over intrusions on family | Obama administration: Guantanamo detainees have ‘no constitutional rights’ | UK: Civil servants attacked for using anti-terror laws to spy on public | UK: Government plans to keep DNA samples of innocent | Australian web censorship plan to begin trial despite house opposition | Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners | Activists ’shocked’ at Clinton stance on China rights | Canadians tortured overseas sue government | Former MI5 chief: UK Ministers ‘using fear of terror’ to restrict civil rights | UK: Landlord fights police plan for CCTV at pub | New law to give police access to online exchanges | Controversial US measure would require DNA sampling at arrest | After Obama praises torture ruling, civil liberties group appalled | Milk trial defence: Raw milk is safe and food choice a right | Missed vaccinations lead to suspension threat
Ban-happy Ontario accused of ‘Big Brotherism’ | Australian Citizen Journalist Charged for Filming Police under Anti-Terror Law | UK: Bailiffs get power to use force on debtors | Psychiatric treatment used to ’silence’ Chinese critics | UK Big Brother police to get ‘war-time’ power to demand ID in the street | UK launches high-visibility community punishment | Former US congresswoman, presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney barred from boarding plane to human rights conference | Retired B.C. woman surprised to find herself on international no-fly list | Tribunal shouldn’t police online hate, report says | Social services set up CCTV camera in couple’s bedroom | Bad news bearers warned to zip it by Kremlin | Beijing peasants bullied, beaten off of family farms by state-developer blocs | Canada’s free speech enemies to lay Remembrance Day wreath | Halifax thinks again about subjecting applicants to lie-detector tests | Australia to Implement Mandatory Internet Censorship | Police will use new device to take fingerprints in street, vendors say face scanning next | UK Shortly to Become Worse Surveillance Society than Stasi East Germany | Torture Tactics Endorsed in Secret White House Memos | UK Security services want personal data from sites like Facebook | Security expert: Weak accusations against Almrei, held 7 years on security certificate | National Post Editorial Board: Britain mulls a society in which privacy is banned | Big brother to track all emails, internet history and telephone calls under UK plan | Lawyers say UK GuantÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡namo suspect has no hope of fair trial | Italian Judge: Blogs are Illegal | India’s use of brain scans in courts dismays critics | Protesters: Police pepper-sprayed peaceful gathering | Greyhound bus passengers now subject to arbitrary luggage searches | Google Street View could care less about your privacy | Texas truant students to be tracked by GPS anklets | NYC Residents Furious over Invasive Surveillance Grid | Rounded up into torture camps: the ‘undesirables’ China doesn’t want you to see | Ezra Levant: How I beat the fatwa, and lost my freedom | Mounties pinned me down in cell and tasered me, Manitoba girl says | Mass Arrests as Beijing Prepares for Olympics | Chicago, awash in gun violence, gives Toronto advice: You need a gun ban like ours | Protestors added to database of terror suspects | Edmonton police rounded up women for ‘talent nights,’ hearing told | Fisherman, 78, faces eviction to make room for container terminal | RCMP conducts random search and seizure on Canada Day | Papers Please: UK cops stopping millions in streets | UK Parents Need Government Permission to Kiss Children | U.K. Develops Plan to Begin Microchipping Prisoners | Human rights body to consider Internet speech regulation | Blogger arrests hit record high | Terror Bill Passes Narrowly in Britain’s House of Commons | Canada hears of native abuse pain | Pistol Pendant Causes Airport Holdup | Human rights reforms could trigger unfair proceedings | Location of Mass Graves of Residential School Children Revealed for the First Time; Independent Tribunal Established | The Ontario Human Rights Commission: Hey, we want to be in the censorship business, too!
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