In order to give this issue the attention it warrants, let's fire up a new blog post and recap the Globe's Norman Spector:
On CBC radio last week, Liberal MP Derek Lee argued strenuously that he and any of his colleagues had the right to obtain any Afghan detainee document, and that MPs also had the right to make the documents public. No ifs, no doubts and no restrictions, according to Mr. Lee.
The question is simple: Did Lee really make those claims? Lines are open, and operators are standing by to describe Norman Spector as a douchebag.
AND IN CONCLUSION, I think we've safely established that Norman Spector is, in fact, a lying douchebag and, as "liberal supporter" suggests and as we've used as analogy a number of times here at CC HQ, he is playing the part of Dilbert's "Bizarre Absolute Guy":
Sane person: "I think Parliament has the right to request any unredacted documents it wants, and have those documents examined by a select committee with the proper security clearance."
Norman Sphincter: "Oh, so you think any MP has the right to see whatever he wants and show it to the public?"
Sane person: "Um, you just took what I said and changed it into a really stupid, bizarre absolute."
Norman Sphincter: "Oh, so I change everything you say!?!?"
Sadly, I suspect that's pretty much what happened.