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House of pain: Canada’s connection with Kandahar’s ruthless palace guard

Globe and Mail: They were pitiless Afghan guards who carried out unspeakable cruelty in notorious torture chambers; they were also Canada’s trusted allies.

“If You Were in Secret Prisons … ” The Trial of Aafia Siddiqui

“For much of the morning, Siddiqui had rested her head on the defense table, suggesting that she was not paying close attention to the testimony. But as Snyder began listing the writing on some of the documents –words like “dirty bomb,” “lethal radiation,” “deadly fallout,” “Empire State Building,” “Brooklyn Bridge” – Siddiqui suddenly interrupted him, [...]

People don’t care about Afghan detainee issue: Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canadians don’t really care about the Afghan detainee issue, according to CBC-TV correspondent Peter Mansbridge, whose feature interview with the Prime Minister airs tonight.

Will he resign? Peter MacKay’s ‘very bad day’ gets worse

Derrick O’Keefe: The Peter MacKay resignation watch is now officially on in Ottawa. Or at least it should be. Wednesday was already shaping up to be, as the Globe and Mail put it, ‘Peter MacKay’s very bad day,’ with he and Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon scheduled to appear before the special parliamentary committee on [...]

MacKay’s office knew about prisoner concerns

Emails sent to then-foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay’s office expressed alarm over the treatment of Afghan detainees on behalf of the International Red Cross Committee – the world humanitarian organization entrusted by the United Nations to monitor prisoners of war, the Star has learned. Up to now, MacKay and other government ministers have characterized the [...]

All Afghan detainees likely tortured: diplomat

CBC: All detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons were likely tortured by Afghan officials and many of the prisoners were innocent, says a former senior diplomat with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Appearing before a House of Commons committee Wednesday, Richard Colvin blasted the detainees policies of Canada and compared them with the policies of [...]

Abousfian Abdelrazik to speak in Fredericton Tuesday

When: Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 pm Where: Tilley Hall, Room 303, University of New Brunswick In 2003, on the recommendation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Sudanese authorities arrested and jailed Abdelrazik while he was on a visit to Sudan. Never charged, Abdelrazik was beaten, threatened and tortured during two periods of detention. [...]

Torture, a Canadian Value?

Ottawa’s complicity in torture merits a national discussion

Prisoners Shackled, and Hidden Away

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has accused the Israeli security forces of deliberately shackling Palestinian prisoners in a painful and dangerous manner, amounting to a form of torture.

US interpreter who witnessed torture in Iraq shot herself with service rifle

Alyssa Peterson. She was a soldier who saw the US military torture Iraqi prisoners, and was deeply troubled by it. Some weeks after formally protesting to her superiors, and asking to be reassigned, she took her gun and killed herself.