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      9/11 Still Impacting Security Decisions in Ottawa

      Sep 14, 2011
      September 11, 2001, was a day of terror as the United States of America endured the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. Now, 10 years later, countries around the world are reflecting on the measures they have taken since the attacks. According to an opinion article in The Globe and Mail, the impact from 9/11 is still affecting security measures in Canada today.

      September 11, 2001, was a day of terror as the United States of America endured the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. Now, 10 years later, countries around the world are reflecting on the measures they have taken since the attacks. According to an opinion article in The Globe and Mail, the impact from 9/11 is still affecting security measures in Canada today.

      Since 9/11, a focus for Canada has been surveillance. While border security has been the primary focus, the latest measure in Ottawa is "lawful access" legislation. The Globe and Mail reported that the new legislation will compel Internet service providers to disclose customer information to authorities without court order, giving law enforcement agencies a freer hand in watching Canadians.

      According to the article, Canada's federal and provincial privacy commissioners are opposing the legislation, as are citizens' groups. Open Media, a consumer watchdog group, is asking that the provisions be properly examined by members of Parliament and senators in committee before the bill is passed.

      Despite the criticism, many believe in and hope to pass the legislation within 100 days of Parliament's post-election return. Since 9/11, conservatives have held onto the agenda of security, military revitalization, and law and order in the country.

      The article noted that with the ominous fear of terror attacks around the world, security surveillance networks will continue to grow on both sides of the American/Canadian border.

       

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