Keep Torture Report Secret

Human rights activists in Canada are upset at attempts of the Conservative government of their nation to prevent the public from learning about the torture of prisoners in Afghanistan. The Canadian government went to Federal Court in order to have evidence excluded from a report dealing with transfer of prisoners to Afghan authorities. They wish to delete testimony by former Afghan based diplomat, Richard Colvin, who told a parliament committee that detainees Canadian soldiers who were transferred into Afghan control faced torture.

The government argues that military police are only responsible for what they thought at the time would happen and they did not believe anyone faced torture by Afghan soldiers. One would assume military police have some curiosity as to what happens to those sent to another nation’s police force. It is only logical they would discuss the situation with Afghan authorities, but, sometimes logic gets in the way of a cover-up.