The Conservative government has been using a publicity agency to create and distribute government-approved news items to community newspapers, television and radio stations.
This is the government that has taken active steps against any group that attempts to provide Canadians with perspective other than their own - including Parliament.
Even as cracks show in their policy framework - like his oil as Canada's economic anchor idea - Stephen Harper holds stubbornly to his ideology. He's Father Knows Best. What other people tell us is bad for us, but we need to accept as fact every bit of narrative his team feed us.
I think there are many malicious bones in Harper's body, but I don't think he is actively out to sabotage Canada. That is what he's doing, though, but doing so in good conscious because he is functionally fixated on his own perceived superiority.
The tough tactics “did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans,” CIA chief John Brennan said.
The United States invasion of Iraq was based on information received from torture. Of course, we know now that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and that the information provided was false.
This is what happens in torture. When you break a human being with pain, it's not about fearing reprisals for not being forthright, it's about domination and as a result, pleasing your captor with whatever you think they want to hear.
The evidence has told us this again, and again, and again. But the Dick Cheneys of the world are adamant that, as history's actors, what they did in good conscious was right, produced valuable information - and that they'd do the same again.
In any other story - in our own stories - these individuals would be the bad guys.
As with any good story, however, the bad guys exist so that the protagonist may learn something about themselves.
“In the end,” McCain argued, “torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us. It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s about how we represent ourselves to the world.”