The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. We have long been wary of the federal government’s response to the events of September 11. The provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the possibility of new, more encompassing legislation should be of concern to all of us.  Many of the new requirements placed on telcos and ISPs are defined in the lead story in this edition of Network Letter, and other responsibilities were listed in this space last fall (NL, Oct. 22/01). The changes are subtle, but significant. Now comes speculation that another omnibus bill will be submitted within the next few months, further tightening the controls on telecom and the Internet. At the very least, red tape could be increased substantially. This could have a detrimental affect on all telcos, but especially new entrants and small independents. At the worst, we could see massive government intrusion into the lives and operations of Canadian citizens and corporations. The time to prepare for these amendments is now. The federal government is no doubt being lobbied hard by law enforcement officials and by other governments to add more restrictions on the free flow of information. The telecom sector must be just as active on the other side, defending open and free communication. We need only look south of the border to see where the terrorist attacks have handed the administration a golden opportunity to ride roughshod over civil liberties. Some sections of the USA PATRIOT Act permit FBI and other police forces to demand librarians turn over lists of what people read. They are not permitted to appeal these orders; indeed, they can be arrested if they even inform anyone that the list has been asked for. Those with a sense of irony hope a requested list includes Franz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell. Canadians, born under the rubric of peace, order and good government, are rarely inclined to complain about infringements on civil liberties. It may be time to wake from the comfortable stupor.