Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Canadian Conservatives Condone Torture

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Canada “does not condone torture,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, defending his orders to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to begin using information that may have been derived from the use of torture.

“Information obtained by torture is always discounted. But the problem is, can one safely ignore it when Canadian lives and property are at stake?” Toews said in question period.

So, in other words, while he does condone the use of torture, he just doesn’t want it labelled as such.

Opposition MP Jack Harris accused the government of “showing utter contempt” for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with a “sudden passive endorsement” of torture.

“Instead of moving forward,” Harris said in the House, “this government is moving Canada backwards. The public safety minister has directed CSIS to use information that is extracted through torture. As long as there is a market for information derived from torture, torture will exist. Why is this government getting Canada into the torture business?”

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said he’s concerned such a ministerial directive was issued “without real discussion with Canadians about its implications.” “The law in Canada has been pretty clear that information based on torture, first of all, is not reliable and, second of all, is not permissible.”

Amnesty International was quick to condemn the move, stating that information obtained under torture “has no place in the justice system, full stop.”

Once again, the Conservative party has adopted another of American’s failed policies. Following our neighbors to the south, we’ve expanded the prison industrial complex, extended the horrendous war on drugs, and now we are complicit in torture. What’s next from Harper and his cronies?

Maybe we’ll start bombing foreign civilians with remote controlled planes while letting giant corporations decide who wins the next election. Either way, when the Conservatives are behind the wheel, the country keeps heading places most Canadians don’t want to go.

Gates: Israel Ungrateful

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates must have caught my latest post, as now he’s willing to publicly blast Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gates claims Netanyahu’s policies are ungrateful towards the US and are isolating Israel on a global level. Well, glad to help you see the light, Mr. Gates. =D

Gates believes Netanyahu’s government has offered the Obama administration “nothing in return” for its generous security aid, saying his methods are “endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel’s growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces [occupying Palestine].”

Oh, sure. Now that he’s out of power, he chimes in, which I guess is better than nothing. It’s just a shame that more senior officials would rather keep their job than speak the truth.

But I guess that’s our fault. As the voting public, it’s up to us to hold civil servants – elected or not – accountable for their actions. And if our politicians suck, it’s only because we’ve let them get away with too much.

U.S. Sponsors State Terror

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

The United States government has been supporting brutal regimes around the world for decades. Some of these US backed dictatorships are the same ones currently facing tremendous civil uprisings, like Egypt.

Professor Noam Chomsky, in his brilliant-as-always piece titled It’s not radical Islam that worries the US – it’s independence writes:

A common refrain among pundits is that fear of radical Islam requires (reluctant) opposition to democracy on pragmatic grounds. While not without some merit, the formulation is misleading. The general threat has always been independence. The US and its allies have regularly supported radical Islamists, sometimes to prevent the threat of secular nationalism.

Chomsky also outlined the US’s underlying methodology for controlling puppet regimes:

The dictators support us … therefore the public can be dismissed … [The dictators] subjects can be ignored – unless they break their chains, and then policy must be adjusted.

The doctrine traces far back and generalizes worldwide, to US home territory as well. In the event of unrest, tactical shifts may be necessary, but always with an eye to reasserting control.