Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Plot Thickens

In what could be one of the more startling development to date, I just heard James Travers say that there is some pushback on the "redaction" front. Travers didn't name names, but he said public servants were upset that some information had been blacked out, NOT for national security reasons, but because it was embarrassing POLITICALLY for the government. If proven true, this could well be radioactive for the Conservatives.

The above seems entirely reasonable, and I would submit the government's own behavior supports the notion. It is entirely maddening, trying to figure just how the government thinks hiding information, going to the insane lengths of defying Parliament, will play out positively for their side. However, it does make sense if the government has concern that full disclosure now would show a coverup did take place, all their rationale evaporating in the face of naked political self interest. If the dynamic Travers suggests does in fact exist, this issue moves to full blown scandal and that reaches the "kitchen table".

Stay tuned...

UPDATE

Here we GO:
As recent media reports have confirmed, a comparison of redacted and unredacted versions of the same document have shown that the Conservative government censored information that contradicted their claim to be ignorant of abuse and torture rather than out of concern for national security.

“Here we had two versions of the same document written by an unidentified sergeant – but the version redacted by the Conservatives scrubbed out the critical piece of information that Afghan National Police were known to have assaulted detainees ‘in the past,’” said Mr. Dosanjh.

11 comments:

Frankly Canadian said...

It's about time one of Harpers many scandals finally develops into something more then just a couple of days of bad publicity. The fact that used the men and women of our armed forces and put them in harms way just for his political gain, he's got it coming to him!

Steve V said...

There is no way this thing goes away, it is now guaranteed to be the central focus when Parliament returns.

Scott Tribe said...

It should be an interesting Afghanistan emergency Committee meeting next week.

BlastFurnace said...

This pattern of claiming "national security" is so familiar that people have hopefully seen right through it. What was it that a certain figure in Germany said -- if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth? Please keep us posted FAW -- if Travers or some other intrepid reporter can get their hands on the smoking gun it will definitely be the story of the year.

RuralSandi said...

Like a leaky roof - drip, drip, drip - splash.....flood

Steve V said...

If this isn't a national security question, then it's a coverup and we need to go ballistic :)

Marx-A-Million said...

I agree with you completely. Let's turn the military inside out!

penlan said...

Steve,
Where did you hear Travers say this?

Steve V said...

On Question Period. Video probably up, its the last segment.

sassy said...

Afghanistan committee update

Steve V said...

And, it will be the only show in town.