Canadian Government’s Actions Belie Its Words

By Stephen Gowans

The Canadian government has disavowed a training document written by its own bureaucrats that lists the US and Israel as countries that abuse prisoners and practice torture.

Officially, the Canadian government says the US and Israel aren’t torture states, no matter what its internal documents – or Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, The Centre for the Defense of the Individual and B’Tselem, an FBI investigation, the UN and photos of US soldiers abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib — say.

But Ottawa also says officially that Afghanistan doesn’t practice torture, despite the fact that the “Canadian military secretly stopped transferring prisoners to Afghanistan’s government in November after Canadian monitors found evidence that they were being abused and tortured.” *

Canadian soldiers began transferring prisoners to Afghanistan at the end of 2005. Prior to that, prisoners were handed off to the US military for interrogation. Ottawa ordered its troops to stop transferring captured fighters to the US when fears were raised that the prisoners were being abused and tortured.

While the government of Canada is willing to play along with the deception that the US and Israel don’t torture prisoners, its actions add to the weight of evidence that the US is not the beacon of democracy, freedom and human rights its leaders say it is.

* New York Times, January 24, 2008

One thought on “Canadian Government’s Actions Belie Its Words

  1. Knowing the truth about the role that Canada has played in the torture and abuse of innocent citizens in its own country as well as being an ally to those other countries mentioned namely the United States and Israel in the torture of their own citizens is important in understanding the global implications of its actions and especially in regards to Israel. For instance, not only is Canada a racist and pro zionist country, its very actions has proven this. Canadian Immigraton Minister Jason Kennedy’s own comments on this issues is enough cause for concern. Canada’s policy to not accept Palestinians as conventional refugees under humanitarian and compassionate grounds is also directly related to its own ties with the Israeli government. Palestinian refugees are deported from Canada and so also is a vast majority of people of color and those from non European countries. Its human rights record is shameful and needed to be exposed. Read more about how this government and the police targets persons in Canada on my website at: The name of the site is called Truth Speaks. Canada’s Human Rights Abuse Exposed!

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