Not so lesser evils

Chief justice warns against anti-terror excess

When it comes to Canada’s anti-terror regime, the country’s most senior judge is calling on lawmakers, judges and citizens to “heed the big picture,” the Ottawa Citizen reports. In a speech before an Ottawa women’s club, Beverley McLachlin cautioned that “the fear and anger that terrorism produces may cause leaders to make war on targets that may or may not be connected with the terrorist incident”—and that, she says, could lead governments to “curtail civil liberties and seek recourse in tactics they might otherwise deplore … that may not, in the clearer light of retrospect, be necessary or defensible.”

Ottawa Citizen

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