Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Evidence That Our Government and Military Knew About Torture

As much as I believe that all unredacted memos should be provided to the Opposition, I shudder to think what might be in them, given revelations so far.

Canadian Press has just reported that a former Afghan governor, Asadullah Khalid, had a reputation for being one of the worst violators of human rights, and despite repeated warnings; our government and military threw their support behind him.

He is seen in the video above, returning from a 'vacation' in the U.S., and enjoying a warm relationship with our military. You wouldn't know it from the video, but I guess he was one sick SOB.

Canada defended Afghan 'human-rights abuser,' memos allege
Murray Brewster
December 13, 2009

OTTAWA–A former governor of Kandahar who is accused of personally torturing Afghans might have been removed from office as far back as 2006 if Canadian officials hadn't defended him, according to diplomatic memos that have never been made public by the Canadian government. The revelation about Asadullah Khalid, who stayed on as governor two years after concerns about his notorious reputation were raised, opens up another embarrassing avenue of inquiry over Afghan prisoner abuse.

The new allegation is contained in a two-year-old end-of-mission report by Richard Colvin, the whistleblower foreign service officer. An uncensored version of the report was shown for the first time to The Canadian Press. Colvin's disgust that Canada would support a "known human-rights abuser" was palpable ...

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