Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Stephen Harper and the Afghan Torture Scandal
For years there have been rumours that Stephen Harper knew that some of our soldiers in Afghanistan were torturing the prisoners they captured. Or did nothing to stop others torturing them.
But didn't do anything about it, because he just didn't care, and always enjoyed the pain of others.
And the truth about what happened was covered up, or lost in the fog of war.
But now at last that scandal may be coming back to haunt him.
Because now the army has finally acknowledged that something terrible did happen in Kandahar.
Canadian military police accused of terrorizing Afghan prisoners in their cells at Kandahar airfield operated without oversight and lacked guidance, according to newly released Defence Department documents obtained by Postmedia News.
The documents shed new light on allegations made last year by some military police officers who say Afghan detainees were abused in their cells in Kandahar during surprise raids by guards in 2010 and 2011.
And that some military police officers were out of control, as previously reported.
Last year, La Presse newspaper reported that Canadian military police conducted the surprise raids on detainees in their cells, roughing up prisoners in the process. The aim was to create a climate of high tension, which in turn could prompt detainees to provide information.
But the tactics terrorized the prisoners so much that some urinated or defecated during the raids, La Presse reported.
And since these recent allegations make what happened even worse.
Canadian military police officers have also recently come forward to raise concerns that many Afghans taken prisoner by Canadian troops were innocent farmers or workers and not members of the Taliban or al-Qaida.
The Liberal government should keep its promise to hold a public inquiry into that sordid affair.
For not only would it serve the interests of justice, and explain why the guilty have never been punished. Or why the military tried so hard to cover it up.
It could also lead straight to Stephen Harper, who if you remember even prorogued Parliament to muzzle the opposition, and stop them from demanding an investigation.
A move so desperate it made me think that he must have something to hide, along with so many other things.
As I suggested in this excerpt from a video I made at the time.
Yes. Let the truth be revealed at last.
Let's make it abundantly clear to the military that is NOT how we expect members of the army of Canada to behave.
And if there is evidence of a massive cover-up.
Let all those responsible be put on trial...
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