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MacKay sees no evil, hears no evil

Defence Minister denies seeing reports on torture in Afghanistan


 

Defence Minister Peter MacKay says he was never made aware of a senior Canadian diplomat’s warning that allegations of prisoner torture in Afghanistan were “serious, imminent and alarming.” An affidavit filed this week with the Military Police Complaints Commission says the reports were widely circulated with the Foreign Affairs and Defence departments a full year before the claims of torture came to light in 2007. At the time, the Harper government claimed it had no credible evidence the allegations were true. However, Richard Colvin, the man behind the first reports of torture, told the Commission he received a reply from senior officials to his initial reports, which included interviews with inmates who showed physical signs of abuse. The Commission’s public hearing into the torture allegations was shut down for at least six months on Wednesday, prompting commissioner Peter Tinsley to blame the federal government’s efforts at stonewalling the inquiry. Both McKay and Stephen Harper could nonetheless be called to testify before the Commons defence committee, which has launched its own investigation into the matter.

Toronto Star


 
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MacKay sees no evil, hears no evil

  1. Some articles describe Colvin as being the PRT political staff officer of the time. If that's true is sure gives a good measure how hard our government of the day was looking for credible sources on the matter.

    No member of the press dragging up a Liberal past using the three monkeys defense.

    gosh

    what's journalism coming to?

  2. The Conservative Party uses the 3 monkey type of government and has since the beginning. Of course, they don't want to talk about it because then they would have to deal with it. They prefer to be giving out cheques made out as if THEY had given the money rather than the tax payers.. They think that the money is theirs???? I don't think so.. If you think they will tell the truth in a testimony give your head a shake.. These people no longer know what the truth is.

    • Still whining about the big cardboard cheques thinking that they might gain some/any ground with ordinary Canadians. Harper keeps going up in the polls and Count Iggy keeps going down. The Conservatives at least give the cheques to the ridings/taxpayer unlike the Liberals who steal taxpayer money for their friends and pals. In fact you can see some of these beneficiaries Buffalo girl if you can obtain a prison pass. "These people" are the majority of Canadians at this time – are we all liars and just you Liberals are the truth seekers? Yeh right! Suck it up girl.

  3. Good post buffalo girl, Bad response Linda. If you can't see anything wrong with e cheques, you are blinder that an bat and dumber than dumb. Good to see how smart you Reform/Con supporters are. Do you really not mind that the government is using all tax payers money to promote themselves. Hear this Linda. We are not in an election campaign so cut the crap already. The only people this government is attracting by their stupid illegal acts is the very people who are currently supporting. The rest Of Canadians use their brain cells once in a while and can spot a con artist when they see one. And Linda, suck it up girl.

  4. While I find the big cheques thing truly alarming as a symbol of the low partisan politics we have sunk to, I find the stonewalling of this defence complaints tribunal, along with the pathetic "I didn't read reports so I can make up my own fantasy of what's going on" excuse to be so much worse than that. This is really serious. This is a huge problem. What is the sense of having ANY bureaucrats, any departments or ministers, anyone other than Stephen Harper if he isn't going to listen when they report? A one-man government may be nice and cheap; but it isn't actually possible. When you have a vacuum, something always comes along to fill the void–and I'd rather have a say than just trust to luck.

  5. I FIND IT ODD THAT WE ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT CARD BOARD CHEQUES AND LISTEN TO THE RANTINGS OF JOURNALISTS AND LIBERALS WHEN WE HAVE OUR YOUG PEOPLE BEING MURDERED IN A FORIEGN LAND TRYING TO HELP PEOLE WHO WON'T GIVE UP TERRORISTS. THE ONLY PERSON WHO PUBLICALLY EXPRESSES REAL CONCERN IS DON CHERRY AND DOES THIS WITH NO EXPECTIONS OF GETTING VOTES OR PUBLIC SUPPORT. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!

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