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I’ve been keeping an eye on what has been happening recently with the Canadian Armed Forces and their handling of the detainee situation.  The prognosis has been rather bleak.  We are most likely responsible for people being abused and tortured while under our aegis.  The Harper government has been doing backflips as of late to keep a lid on the story.  Intransigentia has forwarded this article to my attention.

“The Harper government has effectively suspended parliamentary hearings on allegations that Afghan detainees were transferred to torture – boycotting attempts by opposition MPs to continue a Commons probe of the matter.”

Why are the Conservatives engaged in what seems to be a full on exercise in damage control if in fact, there is no substance to the allegations raised by Richard Colvin?

The Conservatives are blocking parliamentary inquiries saying insipid tidbits like this:

“It’s not the time to be having meetings that are implying, intentioned or not, that Canadians are somehow guilty of war crimes,” Laurie Hawn, the parliamentary secretary for the Defence Minister, said on CTV’s Power Play after the aborted meeting.

Well Mr.Hawn when exactly is the time to investigate possible war crimes perpetrated by our forces?  The optics do not improve by stalling and delaying the House of Commons about the issue.

What is happening is that the Conservatives know they have a situation that will bring down their government.  Delaying parliament is only the first step in the three ring circus that is forming around this issue.  I guarantee this is only going to get worse.

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