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Canada: Op-Ed – The danger of the sex-offender database

Stephen Harper has announced that his government will create a database of sex offenders who target children in Canada that the public can search through, once Parliament returns on Oct. 16.

The National Sex Offender Registry that the RCMP currently operates is not available to the public. While Harper did not give extensive details for implementing his scheme for a searchable database, it is cause for grave concern that it’s even under contemplation.

“We do not understand why child predators do the heinous things they do, and in all frankness, we don’t particularly care to,” Harper said in his remarks.

This latest move in the Conservatives’ “tough on crime” agenda ignores the experiences of countries that do have publicly searchable databases and displays a breathtaking disregard for the rights that Canadians have, even those convicted of abhorrent crimes. Full Article

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  1. Sub

    I find this to be the most upsetting: “We do not understand why child predators do the heinous things they do, and in all frankness, we don’t particularly care to,”

    Oh we can’t try to understand it. We may inadvertently learn how to stop it before it starts. And god forbid we discover that sex offenders are human and that we have to empathize with them. #sarcasm

  2. mh

    Why does it seem like its always “conservative” politicians who take this hateful, insensitive, tough-guy stand? No matter what country or where in the world too.

    • Tired of hiding

      Probably because they are Christians or placating to them. Conservatives much like Christians don’t tend to be very fond of critical thinking, no, they prefer simplistic explanations (or no explanation at all) for nearly everything complex…be that science or human behavior.

      The fact that they would use such wording indicates they have no intention of using this as anything except what we have always said the registry is – additional PUNISHMENT.

  3. mch

    It’s both sides of the fence politically, not one group more than another…these laws have to be voted on and passed by liberals and conservatives alike. Maybe what it is, the non-conservatives have enough sense to keep their mouths shut!

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