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