This whole Afghan detainee clusterfuck has provided us with a delicious example of whether Canada's dipshit wankers are actually capable of legitimate intellectual discourse (every bit of evidence to the contrary, of course). It's all based on this eye-opening new development:
Ottawa won't release Afghan documents
Harper government says it will not comply with Opposition motion passed by Parliament, setting stage for legal battle
So, before we even get into the meat of the article, let's notice that what's mentioned above is, quite correctly, a "legal" battle, which is exactly what it should be. Apparently, both sides believe they have the law on their side, so one suspects that, in the near future, they're both going to be making their case. Having set the stage that way, let's now read into the article to see the very subtle but significant shifting of the goalposts:
International Trade Minister Stockwell Day indicated this morning that the opposition parties would have to go to the courts to get all the information they're seeking.
A PMO spokesperson later confirmed that the Conservative government does not intend to turn over the documents as ordered by Parliament.
The government will respect laws intended to protect national security and the operational security of the Afghan mission, the spokesperson said.
"When people ask for all the information, when they ask for every little bit of information ... it would be naive to the extreme to think that that information can be given out. I don't think Canadians would like the fact that our troops would be unnecessarily exposed," Day told reporters during the release of a quarterly progress report on Canadian involvement in Afghanistan.
Pause. Go back and read that last paragraph again, particularly this part:
"I don't think Canadians would like the fact that our troops would be unnecessarily exposed."
And while I'm sure they wouldn't, make sure you understand that that sentiment is not a legal argument. It's an opinion. It's a suggestion. It's a warning. It's a caution that releasing that information could possibly be a bad thing. But it's most emphatically not a legal argument.
If the Stephen Harper Brownshirt Party of Canada wants to continue to conceal those documents, then they're free to argue their case in Parliament or even in a court of law, just as the Opposition is free to argue their side. But the arguments should be based solely and exclusively on the law, and not on opinions or fearmongering.
The Conservatives might genuinely believe that releasing those documents poses a threat to our troops. (Personally, I don't buy that but only because I'm convinced that Stephen Harper lies every time he opens his mouth so I just assume he's always lying. But I digress.) But fearing the consequences of turning over those documents has no place in a court of law. Whether or not that's a good idea is not relevant. Parliament has voted, and the results are in. And they should be respected. Which brings us to our experiment.
Let's watch carefully, and see if a single one of Canada's yappy, screeching Blogging Tories is capable of writing something logical and intelligent on this topic. Something that actually addresses the legal issues. Or will every one of them just screech pitifully about "national security" and those poor, vulnerable Canadian soldiers, yap yap yap.
I have no idea if those documents represent a threat to the troops. Maybe not, maybe so. Hard to say. But it doesn't matter. Because Parliament has spoken and that's the law. But it should be amusing to see if a single Canadian wingnut can avoid yanking their panties up to their neck in hysteria to actually address the legal aspects here.
Thoughts? Anyone willing to make a bet? I'll give you odds. Seriously, I'll give you some wicked good odds.
AFTERSNARK: Normally, I'd be interested in what Captain Canada Stephen "Senior Fellow for Democracy Freedom Democracy Manning Institute Protecting Freedom and Democracy" Taylor thinks about Stephen Harper refusing to obey a vote of Parliament, but since Taylor genuinely believes that a coalition government is an unconstitutional travesty of democracy, I'm guessing that his opinion has about as much value as what my cat squeezes out into her litter box on a regular basis.
At least my cat has the sense to be embarrassed about it and promptly covers it up. Were that Stephen Taylor had that kind of shame.