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The ICC has started its investigation of torture. Is Canada included in that investigation?

That’s the question I have reading this snippet from Norman Spector via Dr. Dawg just now:

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, “is already conducting a ‘preliminary examination’ into whether NATO troops ? fighting the Taliban may have to be put in the dock: ‘There are different reports about problems with bombings and there are also allegations about torture’,” Mr. Ocampo tells editorial writer Daniel Schwammenthal.

Spector then asks Harper a very good question/makes a very good suggestion:

As you know, Prime Minister, the International Court was designed by its creators, which included Canada, to function when a […]


Canadians believe Colvin, reject torture – poll (PS: Join the Facebook group demanding a public inquiry)

It appears the furious attacks on Richard Colvin’s testimony – and the man’s reputation – has backfired on the Conservatives:

Canadians aren’t buying the Harper government’s assertion that there’s no credible evidence Afghan detainees were tortured, a new poll suggests…Fifty-one per cent of respondents said they believe Colvin’s testimony to the committee last week. In stark contrast, only 25 per cent said they believe the government’s contention that the diplomat’s claims are flimsy and not credible.

Even more strongly noted in this poll, Canadians are totally against turning over prisoners if it’s known they’ll be tortured:

Moreover, fully 70 per cent said it’s unacceptable that Canadian forces would hand […]

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