A Question of Torture For Canada's New War Minister

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A Question of Torture For Canada's New War Minister

A Question of Torture for Canada's New War Minister  -  by Matthew Behrens

http://homesnotbombs.blogspot.ca/2015/11/a-question-of-torture-for-canad...

"...Despite all the puff pieces, Sajjan's presence in his new job may open a can of worms that former PM Harper thought was pretty much sealed shut when he prorogued Parliament in 2009 to avoid stinging questions about Canadian complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees.

Sajjan's tours as a key Canadian asset and liason with torture-tainted Afghan detainees dovetailed with an era when significant human rights concerns has been quietly raised by Canada's foreign affairs responsibilities, involving a 2005 Canadian report that noted Afghanistan's

'military intelligence and police forces have been involved in arbitrary arrests, kidnappings, extortion, torture and extrajudicial killings of 'criminal suspects.'

But considering whether to hold...an inquiry is a decision from which Sajjan may have to recuse himself. Indeed Sajjan could very well be compelled to answer some very difficult questions..."

 

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Out-of-control Canadian military police terrorized Afghan prisoners in Kandahar, documents indicate

Canadian military police accused of terrorizing Afghan prisoners in their cells at Kandahar airfield operated without oversight and lacked guidance, according to newly released Defence Department documents obtained by Postmedia News.

The documents shed new light on allegations made last year by some military police officers who say Afghan detainees were abused in their cells in Kandahar during surprise raids by guards in 2010 and 2011.

The documents acknowledge the raids happened and suggest the situation was out of control.

Paul Champ, a human rights lawyer previously involved in the Afghan detainee issue, says the documents show the Canadian military is acknowledging something went seriously wrong in the Kandahar detention centre.

It seems clear the purpose was to instil fear, to cause terror in these prisoners

“I’m surprised the military didn’t take their investigation further and levy at least charges of misconduct,” said Champ, an Ottawa lawyer. “Even if the actions didn’t meet some level of criminal threshold, although I would argue they do, it certainly would breach a code of conduct if these police officers weren’t properly trained or provided with oversight.”

Paladin1

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Last week the Liberals rejected a request for a public inquiry even though they supported such an investigation while in opposition.

Well thats strange. Why would they break their promise? Liberals don't care about the truth or justice?

mark_alfred

Paladin1 wrote:

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Last week the Liberals rejected a request for a public inquiry even though they supported such an investigation while in opposition.

Well thats strange. Why would they break their promise? Liberals don't care about the truth or justice?

'Why would they [the LPC] break their promise?'  Great, I just spit coffee out of my nose.