'We did indeed stop the transfer more than one time' - Macleans.ca
 

‘We did indeed stop the transfer more than one time’


 

General Walter Natynczyk reveals the transfer of detainees has been stopped more than once. Until now it has only been disclosed that transfers stopped briefly in the fall of 2007.

Canadian officials have halted the transfer of prisoners to Afghanistan’s intelligence service “more than one time,” because of the possibility of torture, Canada’s chief of defence staff said Sunday.

Gen. Walter Natynczyk, speaking at the end of the three-day Halifax International Security Forum, declined to offer details, saying additional information is expected as more witnesses speak before a special House of Commons committee.

“We indeed did stop the transfer more than one time,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t want to throw out more information. There’s a process that’s undergoing and I know that the witnesses will be called forward for that process and give their testimony.”


 

‘We did indeed stop the transfer more than one time’

  1. …additional information is expected as more witnesses speak before a special House of Commons committee.

    …Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged journalists to “shine light into dark corners” of government affairs during a speech late Saturday, but wouldn't take questions from reporters covering the event.

    Should be an interesting week.

    • You've apparently missed the irony of Harper lauding a press to reveal things and then stomping off without taking questions from the same media ready to ask him inconvenient questions about this.

      • You apparently have missed the connection between
        ' additional information is expected as more witnesses speak before a special House of Commons committee'
        and Harper telling reporters to “shine light into dark corners” of government affairs …

        Harper doesn't make statements like that unless something is about to break.
        Do you really think he was talking about 'his' government?

        Dippers thoroughly searched out Afghan human rights documentation from 2003-05.
        just saying'

        • So Wilson, your defense then is going to be the liberals did it too…that has a familiar ring to it!

        • You apparently missed Justice Department lawyers doing everything posible to exclude Colvin's reports, and Colvin's testimony before the MPCC. If the Harper government wanted a full and fair hearing into the matter, why did it obstruct one of its own agencies, on the flimsy basis that it would affect national security from hearing testimony about prisoner transfers that happened more than three years ago? Why does it have to be a Liberal vs. Conservative with a side slaw of Dipper to get your interest? Who cares who asks for the information, it;'s the government's whole purpose to supply it and be accountable.

  2. Why? I'm sure you've got all your distracting comments all written up and ready to go. Which is a routine week for you.

  3. I think "wilson" is being obtuse. I think he's a closet Harper-hater.

    • Actually, "he's" a she – that being Wilson.

  4. What is surprising about all this is Peter MacKay. I mean, the guy absolutely detests Harper, one of many I'd suspect, and yet he's parroting these silly lines like an obedient piece-of-Polievre. Wonder if he's doing something behind the scenes to feed the story …

    • The Contrarian hit the nail. Unfortunately, it wasn't attached to McKay's head at the time…