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Increased snooping powers of police could have chilling effect on rights, book warns

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 1:42 PM | By Donalee Moulton

As John Anderton in the blockbuster film Minority Report, Tom Cruise purposefully and passionately tracked down criminals — before they committed a crime. Holding people accountable by “developing opaque and flexible techniques in the arena of criminal investigation,” however, is not the stuff of science fiction, three Canadian lawyers argue in their new book Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and Surveillance in Anticipation of Criminal Guilt. 

“We’ve come to think of crime as something we want to anticipate and prevent,” said co-author...