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On May 15, 2009, the Conservative government of Canada tried to renew the encroachment on Canadian’s liberties in the name of “modernization” and “safety,” after some key setbacks to the anti-individual liberty agenda of groups like the Bilderberg Group. They introduced legislation, Bill C-31, to allow for the fingerprinting of arrested individuals, before they’re charged.

It was news to me at the time, that they couldn’t legally fingerprint you on arrest without charges. At least, not without your ignorance and/or consent. Discovering that made me want to protect a liberty that I’m surprised has lasted this long, eight years after 9/11. In the U.S., the FBI currently fingerprints arrested individuals who aren’t necessarily charged.

There is the caveat: “only those accused of serious, indictable offences would be fingerprinted and photographed before charges were laid.” Ah, but isn’t that the way it always is, at first?

I’m pleased to report that eight months later, the Bill is tied up in a House committee after second reading. For those unfamiliar with the parliamentary process, second reading is where bills really get scrutinized, picked apart, and amended. The other two readings are more of a formality.

Barring a more politically aware and active Canadian populace, as this blog hopes to inspire, they will be able to ram these and other provisions through at the right opportunity, as they so predictably do.

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