“When an injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”
The hacktivist collective Anonymous is claiming responsibility for a massive cyber-attack that downed several Canadian government websites Wednesday. The attack was a protest against Harper’s new secret police force legislation, Bill C-51.
According to the Op Cyber Privacy account on Twitter:
— Op Cyber Privacy (@OpCyberPrivacy) June 17, 2015
The YouAnonGlobal account on Twitter confirmed the attack:
“A bill which is a clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as removing our legal protections enshrined in the Magna Carta for 800 years,” Anonymous said in a video posted on YouTube. “Perhaps it was fate that the day the Magna Carta arrived in our country to go on display to the populace that our corrupt government was symbolically pissing upon it and us all… To the government of Canada, you should have expected us.”
And Treasury Board President Tony Clement confirmed the attack:
Confirmed today that Govt of Canada GC servers have been cyberattacked. Until full service is restored please use 1-800-OCanada.
— Tony Clement (@TonyclementCPC) June 17, 2015
The House of Commons passed Bill C-51 by a vote of 183 to 96 in May after the 3rd-placed Justin Trudeau Liberals voted with the Conservatives. The official opposition New Democrats, Greens, Bloc Quebecois and independent MPs voted against the bill. Last Tuesday, the unelected and corrupt Senate rubber-stamped Bill C-51 by a vote of 44 to 28.
Bill C-51 will transform the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) into a dictatorship-style secret police force operating with neither oversight nor accountability. It will give the spy agency and “no less than 17 government agencies” the power to disrupt protests and other acts of legitimate dissent in the name of combating threats to Canada’s national security. Bill C-51 will grant Canada’s spy and policing agencies the power to violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Anonymous attack appears to be the beginning of a series of planned C-51 protests:
Around the Web:
- A Conversation About Bill C-51: How the Anti-Terrorism Bill Undermines Canadian Privacy –Michael Geist
- Tory Anti-Terrorism Bill ‘an unprecedented undermining of Canadian privacy protection’ – Hill Times
- Parliament must reject Harper’s secret policeman bill – Globe and Mail
- Bill C-51 threatens to sacrifice liberty for security. Source: Toronto Star
- AFN chief wants C-51 scrapped, fears bill will brand First Nations people as terrorists –Yahoo! News Canada
- Six Things Protesters Need to Know about Bill C-51 – The Tyee
- LEAKED: Internal RCMP Document Names “Violent Anti-Petroleum Extremists” Threat to Government and Industry – Desmog Canada