Canadian Afghan Prisoner Torture Coverup {UpDated 2}

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Last night I caught a report that by the timeline on the site seemed to be just breaking, today it may Break Wide Open and not be a pleasure for the Canadians nor any of the Military Forces, U.S. included, now occupying Afghanistan!

This was what I posted up last night:

Canadian diplomats ordered to hold back information on Afghan prison torture: sources

Canadian diplomats in Afghanistan were ordered in 2007 to hold back information in their reports to Ottawa about the handling of the prisoners, say defence and foreign affairs sources.

The instruction – issued soon after allegations of torture by Afghan authorities began appearing in public – was aimed at defusing the explosive human-rights controversy, said sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

There was a fear that graphic reports, even in censored form, could be uncovered by opposition parties and the media through access-to-information laws, leading to revelations that would further erode already-tenuous public support…>>>>>

Looks like the proof may be piling up even higher then what was already known and slowly coming out these recent years!

And this is what’s found on the CBC website today:

Handling of Afghan prisoners covered up: report

The testimony of a Canadian diplomat before a parliamentary committee Wednesday is likely to provide disturbing information about the government’s handling of Afghan detainees, CBC News has learned.

The testimony of diplomat Richard Colvin is expected to provide details of what sources describe as an “unusual system” that saw Afghan detainees transferred to Afghan prisons, with little care about the conditions there.

“I think it will be a difficult story for Canadians,” a source told the CBC, adding they could be both surprised and disturbed by what Colvin says….>>>>>

Here’s a Video Report from the CBC from this morning on the subject and what might be coming today, along with the written above as well.

This Canadian Diplomat, Richard Colvin, will be testifying, in Canada, around 3:30 PM EST and according to the above video report the testimony will be covered live on the CBC News starting at that time. Not sure if it will be streamed live at the site, a visit there has one live government stream coming up on a caucus or after, but if not I’m sure more News will be quickly breaking after the testimony.


All Afghan detainees likely tortured: diplomat

All detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons were likely tortured by Afghan officials and many of the prisoners were innocent, says a former senior diplomat with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

Appearing before a House of Commons committee Wednesday, Richard Colvin blasted the detainees policies of Canada and compared them with the policies of the British and the Netherlands.

He said Canada took far more detainees than the U.K. and Dutch; did not monitor their conditions; took days, weeks or months to notify the Red Cross; kept poor records; and to prevent scrutiny, the Canadian forces leadership concealed this behind “walls of secrecy.”..>>>>

UpDate 2

Transcript of explosive testimony to Commons committee on Afghan detainees

Senior Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin testified at a House of Commons committee Wednesday that he warned government and military officials that Afghan detainees being turned over to Afghan officials by Canadian soldiers were being tortured. The following is an extract from his opening statement to the committee:

Why should Canadians care?

One may ask rhetorically, ‘Even if Afghan detainees were being tortured, why should Canadians care?’ There are five compelling reasons….>>>>>


    • Edger on November 18, 2009 at 19:05

    It’s starting to look like Afghanistan, instead of becoming Obama’s Vietnam, may be his Iraq.

  1. Colvin will be the centre of attention Wednesday as the House of Commons special committee on Afghanistan holds its second public hearing into the country’s handling of prisoners in the Afghan war.

    He is expected to testify about when soldiers and diplomats became aware of the abuse, which even though perpetrated by Afghans, still implicates Canada in possible violations international law in turning over prisoners to the Afghans.

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    • jimstaro on November 18, 2009 at 19:53

    Found this at the CBC Site:

    Liveblogging the Afghanistan committee hearings on detainee transfers

    I’ll be liveblogging Richard Colvin’s appearance before the Afghanistan committee this afternoon, so check back at 3:30 p.m. for full coverage. (If you want to know why his testimony is so hotly anticipated, you can read an abbreviated version of the back story behind today’s meeting over at Orders of the Day.)


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