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Afghani detainee transfers resumed – will lawsuit restart?

I don’t doubt this might slip under the radar a bit today with the Chuck Cadman bribery affair ongoing, but I noticed that in a short blurb this morning the Canadian military has announced it has re-started transfers of Afghani detainees to the Afghanistan government, because they claim things have improved:

The military says since the transfers stopped, one senior Afghan official has been fired and millions of dollars worth of improvements have been made to detention facilities.

Wow, one whole firing and some equipment ugrades at Afghani prisons. Colour me skeptical that those reasons listed have somehow dramatically improved the situation. Here’s the other kicker: the military won’t say when the transfers resumed due to “security concerns”. Right. More like “lawsuit concerns”. Remember that the Federal Court judge decided not to rule on the BC Civil Liberties/Amnesty International court case to stop transfer of detainees, primarily because the government and military has said transfers had ceased. We’re barely a month or 2 past that court decision – a court case during which government and military people testifying transfers had been stopped last November unbeknownst to anyone but them and the Conservative government – and the transfers have suddenly started up again?

I think Amnesty International and the BC Civil Liberties Union might consider going back to that judge to get the lawsuit to stop the transfers re-opened, or if that can’t be done, at least appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal to say now that transfers have suddenly resumed, that their case and the reasons are now highly relevant.


1 comment to Afghani detainee transfers resumed – will lawsuit restart?

  • Whooee! Good find, Scotty. The CadScam issue’s been hoggin’ the headlines. This one was slippin’ under the wire.

    Speakin’ of slippin’ under the wire, we’ve learned that 60%-70% of prisoners under Afghan control are able to bribe their way out of jail and back to their normal lives — Taliban fighters or common criminals. A few million dollars worth of physical upgrades to the detention facilities does nothing to reduce the incentive for bribery among prison guards and officials.  We look the other way while bribes augment the wages of Afghan authorities and the age-old practice allows our enemies to buy their way back to the front lines.

    Why do we look the other way? We look the other way so we don’t have to see other illegal acts (besides bribery) committed by our allies. We are so afraid of admitting we hand over prisoners to known torturers that we refuse to look at what’s right in front of our eyes.

    We need to reassess the mission and consider who we’re helping.


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