Thursday, December 03, 2009

"Torture?" What "torture?"

We don't know anything about this "torture" stuff of which you speak:

No mention of torture, generals say; 'Ludicrous'

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | 3:10 am

Canwest News Service

Three generals declared yesterday that there was no mention of the word "torture" in reports from a senior diplomat who asserts that he repeatedly warned the government against surrendering Afghan detainees to local authorities because they would almost certainly be abused.

Oh ... that "torture" (emphasis tail-waggingly added):

"What we've seen from this government is a whole lot of redaction, in other words blacked out documents," charged Paul Dewar, NDP foreign affairs critic. "It's like reading tea leaves."

Dewar produced his own document, obtained through an access to information request, showing that the government had blacked out a reference to torture in a 2006 report from its own Foreign Affairs bureaucrats on the state of human rights in Afghanistan.

The original, unedited, document
, which was leaked to the media in 2007, concluded that "extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture and detention without trial are all too common."

In hilariously related news, the Stephen Harper Party of Canada is going to withhold all of the documentation necessary for Richard Colvin to substantiate his claims, after which it will dismiss him as being woefully unprepared.

Oh, wait ... that's already happened.

P.S. Dawg barks.

1 comment:

Ti-Guy said...

This is fucking Orwellian.