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The government of Canada is looking to try and limit the ability of the FBI to use the PATRIOT act to circumvent Canadian privacy laws.

In a startlingly ballsy move, the government of Canada is looking to try and limit the ability of the FBI (or other U.S. legal arms) to use the PATRIOT act as an end run around Canadian privacy laws. This is an important initiative, because the Bush administration feels that the PATRIOT act is a "law without borders" and that their crusade against terrorism supersedes and overrides international and sovereign laws. How deep the Canadian government wants to go on this and how hard they are willing to fight for it will say a lot about the Martin cabinet really feels about Canadian rights on the international stage. This is the first time that the current regime in Ottawa hasn't taken a "bend over and take it' stance when confronted by Washington on international or security issues - a change that is frankly long overdue.

Posted: Thu - February 3, 2005 at 11:22 AM        


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