Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A collection of awesomely ignorant people.

I see a pattern here (emphasis tail-waggingly added):

Canada's current top soldier says he's working to get to the bottom of what happened to Colvin's reports. Gen. Walter Natynczyk, chief of defence staff, said Friday he did not yet know where the diplomat's reports landed back in Ottawa, who read them, and what was done with the information...

Harper told reporters in Toronto he didn't see the reports from diplomat Colvin "at the time," ...

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and his predecessor, Gordon O'Connor, said they'd never heard a word about Colvin's reports.

Either they should all resign because of appalling dishonesty, or appalling incompetence. Really, those are the only two choices.

Oh, and here's the best part:

Colvin's affidavit was released just hours before Peter Tinsley, chairman of the complaints commission, suspended indefinitely his inquiry into the handling of Afghan detainees on grounds the federal government had refused to provide relevant documents to help implicated military personnel mount a defence of their actions.

I'm sorry ... the federal Harper government is refusing to release documents that will help Canada's own military personnel defend themselves? Am I reading that correctly?


pogge said...

You're reading it correctly. I first saw that angle reported back on the 14th in a Canadian Press report picked up here by the Edmonton Sun.

"Also, the lawyer representing the former head of military police, a subject of the complaint, said the government has prevented him from seeing documents important for his client’s defence.

"Commissioner Peter Tinsley reluctantly agreed to adjourn the hearings, but blasted the federal government for delaying the release of documents, which must be reviewed for national security."

Cameron Campbell said...

So, if I get this correctly, if someone on the left says "bring them home" or "Canada out of Afghanistan" they are not supporting the troops, but if the Harper Government refuses to provide evidence that will help defend them in court, that's ok?

liberal supporter said...

he did not yet know where the diplomat's reports landed back in Ottawa, who read them, and what was done with the information.
Steve, who once worked in the Imperial Oil mailroom, knew when he was elected, exactly how to set up his "triage" mailroom with the following rules:

1) If the report is about white peoples' problems, it is forwarded upstairs for actual processing.

2) If the report is about brown peoples' problems, it is filed in the shredder.

Rev.Paperboy said...

Why does Stephen Harper hate the troops?

Metro said...

@the rev. paperboy:
Because they're a major cause of taxes, and he hates teh taxes. He'd much rather outsource to Blackwa--I mean "Xe Services," given the option.