Editorial

David McKinnon’s misplaced whine about surveillance

Summary

We live in times when enemies of the people come wearing all kinds of suits and titles. Diplomat. High Commissioner. Busybody. Nasty piece of work. Take your pick!

High Commissioner for Canada in Sri Lanka David McKinnon is upset. He’s asked in a tweet whether he is under surveillance.The little diplo-boy was probably referring to reports of his doings in Colombo, engaging in what’s clearly nefarious activities that have nothing to do with improving relations between Canada and Sri Lanka.

It’s alright to meet people. He can chit-chat with diplomats with any country. He can text his pals in Colombo. Politicians, NGO racketeers and other mouthpieces for terrorists in reduced circumstances can all be pals.

There are no laws against it.

On the other hand, David ought to know that governments and citizens have the right to be vigilant. We don’t know if the government is, but the Pepper Spray Club is certainly watching.

We know where David’s country stands when it comes to moves against Sri Lanka. We know the sordid history of his country in playing second fiddle to multiple crimes against humanity designed and executed by the USA. We know about racism in Canada. We know about Canadian genocide too. David comes from a bad place where bad people have done bad things. It cannot hurt to be cautious.

It is laughable that David McKinnon is upset that someone is watching him. Is McKinnon ignorant of Canada’s metadata surveillance program, we wonder.  Hasn’t the man heard of the CSE? That’s Communications Security Establishment which, without a warrant, used free airport Wi-Fi service to gather information on all travelers and to track them after they left the airport.

It’s not just surveillance, though. David knows there’s discrimination against Black and Indigenous people in policing and the justice system, including a ban on random street checks. In Canada. HIS Canada. He knows that indigenous women are forcibly sterilized in HIS country. HIS Canada.

So if David is peeved, that’s his problem. We live in times when enemies of the people come wearing all kinds of suits and titles.

Diplomat. High Commissioner. Busybody. Nasty piece of work. Take your pick!

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