Thursday, April 29, 2010

Un-Like Canada, F.B.I. Swears They Were The Good Cop In Khadr Affair

At a hearing into war crime accusations concerning the base at Guantanamo Bay the FBI testified that their interrogation of Omar Khadr was all very civil and professional. Said one FBI agent on Wednesday,"...comfortable and friendly once the hood and handcuffs were removed, including snacks and bathroom breaks." 


They said this contrasting the fact one of his Canadian army interrogators was involved in a case where the prisoner died and  some time later, in a different incident said interrogator was court-martialed for prisoner abuse . In a U.S. army investigation in the deaths of two other detainees at Bagram detention centre Sgt. Joshua Claus of military intelligence is described as using a litany of  coercive techniques when questioning the men.


Mr Khadr is also suing the Canadian government  for torture. His action alleges breaches of several constitutional charters guaranteeing the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
  
In a sworn statement Mr. Khadr states he gave false confessions after he was beaten, doused in freezing water, spat on, chained in painful positions, forced to urinate on himself  then used as a human mop, terrorized by barking dogs, subjected to sleep deprivation and rape threats. 
Home sweet home at Guantanamo Bay.  Photograph by CBC DocZone




Canada's Tory Party: Asses or Idealogues?

When one follows the attempts at policy-making by the Conservative minority government, inevitably the question gets asked: Are they a collection of asses or gang of idealogues? Well we here at NM&P have come to the conclusion, after much study, that they are a gaggle of Assalogues.

A beggar's crew of the self-interested, the entitled, the smug, they are Canada's Assalogues! And they do this yeoman-like work almost 60 or 70 gruelling days a year. Their courage knows only the bounds of their collective cowardice. The proud the few the 32%... the Assalogues!

In their latest display of the unweildly combination of assholery and "We're gonna' shove this down your throat," the tories have decided for all Canada that they will withhold money from groups that fund abortion in the developing world as part of their programs to improve women`s health. This provoked a sharp rebuke from the opposition in Ottawa and international aid agencies, who said it is irresponsible to deny the service to women in impoverished countries.

Mark Fried, policy co-ordinator for Oxfam in Canada, said he's discouraged by the federal government's position, adding that “imposing Canada's ideological beliefs is ridiculous.” To an Assalogue however this is meaningless criticism, mere blah, blah, blah!

In spite of the fact that these groups are doing what they can to aid the maternal health of women who are often the victims of war, rape and extreme poverty, as well as reduce infant mortality this does not stand in the way of Harper and Conservative Party sanctimony. How could it? Assalogues never let reason stand in their way.

The fact that, "Canada's position will make tracking funding and administering aid a logistical nightmare for recipient countries," as Mr. Fried pointed out, mattters not. The issue first raised by Liberal MP Lise Zarac, who noted, "rape is a weapon of war," and accused the government of denying victims in places like Africa the rights to abortion that are afforded to Canadians, is of no consequence to the Assalogues.

Well aware that they are dealing with a weak and spineless opposition they lash back at unity of the three opposition parties with regard to the issue. “The maternal and child health initiative is moving ahead,” Mr. Abbott said, and “the only way it can get derailed is if the unholy coalition decides that they will continue to do this kind of demagoguery over an issue that nobody wants to debate.”  They are wrong about that  but that is a mere trifle to an Assalogue.

Tomorrow, Sanctiholes!