Conservative House Leader Peter VanLoan suggested the opposition parties were taking the side of the Taliban, defending terrorists and spreading false accusations that undermined the troops. Versions of that reply were echoed by Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Helena Guergis, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Defence Minister Gordon were not in the House.We've seen this movie before. Starring George W. Bush and his trusty Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Challenging the patriotism of anyone daring to question the handling of the mission. You're either with your Canadian government or you're with the terrorists. And we know how that movie ends. With a thoroughly discredited leader with an approval rating stuck in the mid-low 30's in poll after poll.
Oh wait...we have that now, don't we?
And surprise, surprise, Fog Horn Leg Iron Day overstepped himself by putting the corrections people out in front on monitoring prisoners:
But Mr. Day changed that Thursday, and said that staff from Correctional Service Canada have already made 15 visits to Afghan jails. He continued on that message Friday, but increasing that number to 17 visits.Of course they don't. Day doesn't know wtf he's talking about. And his corrections appointee has directly contradicted Day on this:
“We saw those people. We are concerned about those people,” Mr. Day said Thursday. “Two of the individuals talked to them about their treatment, and our officers raised the issue of them being in leg irons. We do not think they should be in leg irons.”
Canadian officials later Thursday said the role of the two corrections officers - Linda Garwood-Filbert and Ric Fecteau - is to train Afghan prison officials and improve detention policies. “They don't monitor [detainees's] treatment,” said Mélisa Leclerc, a spokeswoman for Mr. Day. (emphasis added)
Ms. Garwood-Filbert, director of corrections at the Provincial Reconstruction Team, said in an interview earlier this month that they had not yet started work in the NDS prison, from where the most severe stories of torture emerge. “There hasn't been any significant work done with the prisons,” Ms. Garwood-Filbert said at the time, adding that it is too easy for the Canadian and Afghan authorities to forget about prisoners after they're thrown in jail. “It's out of sight, out of mind. We're just happy they went to jail.”No, but our Conservative government sure is.
Allegations of torture at Afghan prisons wouldn't surprise her, she told CTV News. “I'm not naive enough to think those circumstances don't happen.”