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More potentially explosive testimony at Afghanistan Committee

More explosive then Colvin’s testimony, if true:

An Afghan-Canadian who served as translator to Canada’s military levelled potentially explosive allegations at a Commons committee today, saying Canadian troops transferred “innocent” men to Afghanistan’s notorious intelligence service and once shot an unarmed man in the back of the head.

Malgarai Ahmadshah, adviser to the former commander of Canada’s Joint Task Force Afghanistan unit, was speaking to MPs probing the detainee issue and this country’s relationship with the Afghan National Directorate of Security…Mr. Ahmadshah also alleged the Canadian government transferred detainees to the NDS with the understanding they would be abused in order to extract more intelligence information from them. “They were subcontracting torture,” he said.

The question of course is whether it is true. I don’t know, but it’s all the more reason to get to the bottom of this – the Conservatives must release the documents – unredacted – to the Parliamentary Committee or the Military Police Commission, or a judicial inquiry. Take your pick.

Meanwhile, if anyone doubts that the Conservatives are trying to shut down this not because of national security, but to try and cover up anything that looks like it would politically embarrass this government, or worse, implicate it in wrongdoing, check out what Laurie Hawn, parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Peter MacKay, wanted to have done after testimony ended (via Kady O’Malley’s liveblogging of the event):

..Sorenson then has to shut down Hawn’s bluster that this meeting may have compromised operational security, and demands that the transcripts be held. Uh, does he want me to retroactively liveblog it? The chair – who looks like he’s heard just about enough on that issue – reminds him that this meeting is being televised, and is public.

Talk about theatre of the absurd. Look though for additional attempts by the Conservatives to try and hold things “in-camera” to avoid the light being shone on more potentially damaging accounts.

7 comments to More potentially explosive testimony at Afghanistan Committee

  • Al

    @kursk
    If you do a war crime,you should be charged with one. Simple.

  • TofKW

    Back at you Kursk.
    You support a government that outsources torture, thinks little of international law and has now compromised our proud military tradition. YOU DISGUST ME!

  • Kursk

    There are many of you here just wetting your pants hoping that a Canadian gets charged with a war crime.

    You disgust me.

    • Red Forever

      We have a government that may be complicit in torture.
      That is where the responsibility lies.

      You disgust me that you think that is OK.
      You think international law, and respect for human rights is nothing.

      I suggest some serious introspection, on your part.

  • MoS

    The committee’s transcripts should make a suitable (and compelling) brief for investigators at the ICJ in the Hague if our own government fails to act. Slowly but steadily the political and military top echelons are being painted into a corner. Outsourcing torture is a clear war crime.

  • Big Winnie

    It’s not surprising Hawn would act the way he did…However, if the allegations that were brought forward yesterday are true, there will be hell to pay.

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