So, the big news over the last day or so is how the Stephen Harper Party of Canada, while sniffing contemptuously at the relentless accusations of Afghan prisoner torture and abuse and denigrating and insulting anyone who raised the subject, quietly stopped such transfers months ago without mentioning it to anyone.
And the Canadian dumbass, wingnut reaction? Like you had to ask:
So despite the agony and moaning from the Liberals prior to this revelation in the three months before now, the Conservatives have done the right thing...
With all the foregone conclusions on the Harper government and complicity in torture, will the opposition and critics apologize at least for having asserted a falsehood? Will they give the Harper government credit for the diligence shown in ensuring the humane treatment of detainees? Or will they use this as an opportunity to surmise a neo-conservative agenda of obfuscation which is ideologically aligned with the Americans and their jackbooted torture squads?
I'm leaning toward the latter assertions being most forthcoming.
I didn't think these people could possibly get any stupider or more childish, but every day is a new opportunity for surprise, isn't it?
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PAY ATTENTION HERE: As Impolitical references in the CBC article here (emphasis added):
The BCCLA and Amnesty said they will continue their legal action because the government has refused to stop the transfers indefinitely and refuses to give notice when it resumes them.
They are suing the minister of national defence, the chief of defence staff and the attorney general of Canada.
Champ, the lawyer representing the two groups, said Justice Anne Mactavish is to hear arguments Thursday about the risk of torture in Afghan custody and whether an injunction should be issued barring transfers until the full case is heard.
The government said the matter is moot because transfers have ceased, but rights groups said it is still important because the government refuses to give notice before any possible resumption, Champ told CBCNews.ca.
See what just happened there? The Stephen Harper Party of Canada is clearly trying to have the lawsuit voided since, well, the transfers stopped, so what's the big deal? In other words, when their back is against the wall, they'll bend just long enough and far enough to make that lawsuit moot. Sound familiar? It should:
Padilla Lawyers Urge Supreme Court to Block Transfer
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 - Lawyers for Jose Padilla told the Supreme Court on Friday that it should not grant the government's emergency request to have him transferred from a military brig to civilian custody to face terrorism charges in a civil court.
The lawyers acknowledged that Mr. Padilla would prefer to be in civilian custody eventually. But they said it appeared that the only reason for the government's rush to move him was to bolster the administration's efforts to discourage the Supreme Court from reviewing the crucial underlying issue of whether President Bush had the authority to detain Mr. Padilla, an American citizen, as an enemy combatant for more than three years.
"The government had the power to transfer Padilla from physical military custody for more than three years, yet only now does it deem swift transfer imperative," Mr. Padilla's lawyers argued in their brief filed Friday.
Why, yes ... having fought for more than three years to keep alleged terrorist Jose Padilla in military custody, only days before the Supreme Court is to rule on that issue, the Bush administration suddenly finds it necessary to quickly transfer him to civilian custody, which would, of course, make any further Supreme Court examination of the basic issue here redundant.
One wonders why we even have a Conservative Party of Canada. Why not just install the Republican Party at 24 Sussex Drive and be done with it? It's not like anyone would notice the difference.
ONE LAST RAPHAEL-SIZED TOWEL SNAP TO THE NADS: It's thoroughly entertaining to see Blogging Tory Raphael get his panties in a bunch and suggest that it's Stephen Harper's critics who owe Harper an apology. One wonders when all those critics, who have now been proven right, can expect an apology for this sort of hideous fuckery:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper played hardball partisan politics again, saying Liberal MPs care more about Taliban prisoners than Canadian soldiers.
"I can understand the passion that the leader of the Opposition and members of his party feel for Taliban prisoners," Harper said Wednesday during Parliament's question period.
"I just wish occasionally they would show the same passion for Canadian soldiers."
As his MPs jeered the prime minister's remarks, Liberal Leader Stephane Dion called the statement shocking and asked for an apology.
He didn't get one.
And I'm not expecting that to change any time soon. And Raphael? Fuck right off. Again.