Sunday, May 30, 2010

Canada's Conservatives Renege

 
A shocking development in the Afghanistan detainee issue: The tories are going back on their word to make all documents available and allow them to be viewed by selected members of Parliament on the grounds that some of them are “not necessary or appropriate for the purpose of holding Parliament to account.” In related news, there's word of gambling taking place at the Casino:


 The tories are trying to insert a loophole into an already agreed upon deal that averted a possible election. All sides agreed in principle to let a small panel of MP's have full and complete access. The Conservatives have gone the weasel route and inserted a paragraph that allows Ottawa to keep secret any records on detainees that can be linked to advice it received from government lawyers.

Paul Champ, a lawyer for Amnesty International, said, The key to finding out why Canadian government officials and soldiers acted the way they did will be found in the legal opinions." If they can't look at how the opinions were weighed and what advice they got from their lawyers, then the whole process will have been rendered moot.

Just like the plot of a bad sci-fi movie, this was predictable.


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