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The redacted Colvin memos (III)

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Here, again, is how Richard Colvin described seven memos he sent between May 26, 2006 and April 20, 2007.

And here, again, is what has been released today.

Herein, a very, very quick guide to what seems to be where. 

1. May 26, 2006. KANDH-0029.
“KANDH-0029 reports on, inter alia, the results of my investigations on the transfer of Afghan detainees,including Maj. Liebert’s informal investigation within KAF.KANDH-0029 included a ‘comments’ section and two recommendations.”
Loaded into Adobe, this document seems to appear at page 3.

2. June 2, 2006. KANDH-0032.
“This dealt with two issues, one of which concerned the risk of torture and /or actual torture of Afghan detainees … The section of KANDH-0032 that dealt with the risk of torture and/or actual torture of Afghan detainees transferred by Canada was based on a  source or sources that I assessed at the time, and assess today, as highly credible. ln general,during my 17 months in Afghanistan, I obtained information on detainee issues from a wide range of sources.This included diplomats from other embassies, NGOs, officials from UNAMA, military officers at ISAF, human-rights organizations, journalists and intelligence sources. It wouid be normal, appropriate and necessary for me in the context to rely on such sources in the course of my duties.”
This document seems to appear at page 126.

3. August 28, 2006. Unnumbered.
“It dealt with procedural issues on detainees, such as notification, and included requests and recommendations to address such procedural issues.”
Because it’s unnumbered, it’s difficult to say for sure whether it is included here.

4. September 19, 2006. KBGR-0118.
“… after meeting with two highly credible sources in Kabul , I sent a C4 message following up on the more informal 28 August message … In it, I communicated detailed and directed concerns expressed by those sources regarding current Canadian practice on detainee notifications and transfer. The report made reference to both procedural issues and substantive concerns regarding treatment of Afghan detainees.”
This document seems to appear at page 10.

5. September 28, 2006. KBGR-0121.
“Nine days later, on September 28, 2006, following a meeting with a third interlocutor, and having received no response to KBGR-0118, I sent a follow-up report, ‘KBGR-0121,’ to the same DFAIT addresses, including IDR. This report dealt with procedural issues only, but was even more direct in content than was KBGR-O118.”
This document seems to appear at page 13.

6. December 4, 2006. KBGR-0160.
“On December 4,2006 I sent another report,’KBGR-0160,’ on detainee policy issues, including concerns about treatment of detainees.”
This document seems to appear at page 27. It is almost entirely blacked out.

7. April 20, 2007. KBGR-0258.
“On April 20, 2oo7, I sent a C4 report, ‘KBGR-0258,’ on detainees. It dealt with a range of issues, including their treatment.”
This document seems to appear at page 49. It is almost entirely blacked out.