Friday, May 30, 2008

Whitewash, the sequel, coming right up

The absurdity of Foreign Affairs conducting its own investigation into its own Minister's security breach(es) was correctly pointed out today. It is a matter of basic principle that an individual or entity cannot investigate itself and should not have the power to do so. But of course, applying the IOKIYAC principle, these Conservatives believe they are exempt from the standards that apply to the rest of us:
The Harper government is leaving a probe into the security failings of Maxime Bernier in the hands of bureaucrats who could be implicated in their own inquiry, Liberals warned Friday.

Questions about Bernier's abrupt resignation as foreign affairs minister continued for a fourth straight day in the House of Commons, with the Tories maintaining that the only review of Bernier's misplaced NATO documents will be led by foreign affairs officials.

"In conducting their review, the Department of Foreign Affairs can of course draw on the other resources of government that they need, whatever agencies necessary, to assist them," Conservative House leader Peter Van Loan said.

But Bob Rae, the Liberal foreign affairs critic, said such a review flies in the face of a "basic principal of natural law."

"Surely the minister understands a very simple distinction between an administrative review carried out by officials who may in fact be implicated in some of these questions, and an independent inquiry."
They've gotten away with such tactics thus far, on a technical level anyway, most recently in their Privy Council Lynch-led investigation of the NAFTAgate leak that oops, occurred right under Lynch's nose and unsurprisingly, failed to uncover the real PMO leaker. Publicly, however, the real story was outed due to "multiple sources" speaking to Jim Travers.

Perhaps with the similar assistance of an individual(s) with a conscience, perhaps within Foreign Affairs or elsewhere, the same fate will befall the Conservatives again as just reward for their continued stonewalling.