Canadian Politics

Oh yeah, torture…

I’m not sure why this wasn’t more of a story during the election, but the Afghan Detainee issue has once again made the papers.

Afghanistan’s internal security service and police use torture and other abusive methods to extract confessions from suspected insurgents held in a number of detention centres around the country, according to a report today by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan.

Now, I don’t want to say that these are new allegations. They aren’t. The story here isn’t that Canada continues to turn over people (including children) for abuse; it’s about three things:

  • The abuse was plain to see.
  • It was easy to prevent.
  • The federal Government waited for years to clamp down on it, despite it happening in plain sight.
  • Oh, and of course that we re-elected a government that was complicit. There’s that too.

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