Canada’s war and complicity in torture in Afghanistan isn’t over, just renamed with fresh combat troops.Heinous Crimes, Latest news, World news Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Approximately 950 Canadian “combat” soldiers – nearly half of them from CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick can tell you that Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan is far from over. CFB Gagetown is home to the 2nd Battalion – Mechanized Infantry and the 4th Air Defence Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. Mechanized Infantry is infantry equipped with armored personnel carriers (APCs), or infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for transport and “combat”. Artillery is only used in combat – to obliterate a wide target area. These mechanized combat and artillery troops will be going back to Afghanistan to hunt down then shot and shell the U.S. ousted Taliban and other Afghanistan resistance forces. They will perform the same duties as those who went and died before them. They will go on patrol with Afghan conscripts in search and destroy missions and armed with the same weapons and gears as those who went before them. The only difference this time is that they will fight under a different mission name and they will be fresh troops.
Stephen Harper has deceived and outright lied to the Canadian people when he said the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan has come to an end as mandated by Parliament. Canadian combat troops are going back to Afghanistan to combat and kill more of the Taliban resistance fighters. Combat troops are trained to do one thing – to kill. Combat troops are trained and conditioned to search and destroy, kill without hesitation, to regard everyone as the enemy. It is because they are trained to shot first, to kill with the utmost malice that combat troops are not policemen and can never be used for policing. They have not been trained to enforce the rule of law. If they were then they would know that it is illegal everywhere in the World to kill another person. It is illegal for a person to stalk and kill another human being. Police know this, a child knows this but it would appear that Harper has an IQ that is lower than a child’s because only he believes murder of innocent men, women and children is police work.
Up to 950 Canadian”combat” troops have been ordered to Afghanistan by Stephen Harper until 2014. More “combat” troops will be going back to Afghanistan than were deployed at the height of the war. On 13 February 2005, Defence Minister Bill Graham announced Canada was doubling the number of troops in Afghanistan in 2006 , from 600 troops to 1200.
During the fall 2008 federal election campaign, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper emphasized the “end date” for the Afghanistan mission would be 2011, with the bulk of the Canadian military forces withdrawn by that time. Parliament mandated that Canada’s mission in Afghanistan was to end in 2011 but Harper unilaterally extended the war of aggression saying Canadian forces will remain to help train the Afghan army. Harper decided that his extension did not need a new vote, claiming it will be a non-combat mission. Sending 950 combat troops to a war zone is combat. Sending combat troops anywhere requires the authorization of Parliament.
Parliament voted and passed into law the motion to end Canada’s war against Afghanistan on 13 March 2008, “… the government of Canada notify NATO that Canada will end its presence in Kandahar as of July 2011, and, as of that date, the redeployment of Canadian Forces troops out of Kandahar and their replacement by Afghan forces start as soon as possible, so that it will have been completed by December 2011.”
Stephen Harper unilaterally defied the will of the people by ordering, without Parliamentary approval, up to 950 Canadian “combat” soldiers back to Afghanistan to shot to kill more innocent people and to torture more prisoners of war. Harper should be in jail right now, if not for contempt of Parliament, for complicity in torture, for war crimes. Had he not abused the authority of the office of the Prime Minister and prorogued Parliament to prevent evidence from being submitted that he had authorized torture Harper would not be Prime Minister of Canada he would be an indicted war criminal.
Who does Harper work for? He most certainly doesn’t serve the people of Canada and Canada’s interest. Does he work for the United States? Facts state that Stephen Harper is an agent of the United States government. He has repeatedly aided and abetted the United States government by adopting U.S. foreign policy over Canadian foreign policy. Harper has made secret agreements with the United States government . He has integrated U.S. agents into the Canadian government and police force. He has made secret deals with the United States government to erase the sovereign border between sovereign Canada and the foreign state of the United States. Secret agreements and secret deals with the United States or any other country is illegal in Canada. Harper doesn’t have the authority to make such deals. Harper can only sign agreements and deals passed by Parliament.
Section 46 of the Criminal Code of Canada
(2) Every one commits treason who, in Canada,
(b) without lawful authority, communicates or makes available to an agent of a state other than Canada, military or scientific information or any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document of a military or scientific character that he knows or ought to know may be used by that state for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or defence of Canada;
Harper committed without lawful authority 950 Canadian “combat” troops to an extended presence in a war in Afghanistan. Harper is guilty of treason. Parliament has already passed legislation, legislation that Harper must abide by, that states; “that Canada will end its presence in Kandahar as of July 2011, and, as of that date, the redeployment of Canadian Forces troops out of Kandahar and their replacement by Afghan forces start as soon as possible, so that it will have been completed by December 2011.”
Torture—and complicity in torture—is a “grave breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. If Canadian officials allowed detainees to be transferred to Afghan custody despite an apparent risk of torture, and chose not to take reasonable steps to protect them, they are as guilty of a war crime as the torturers themselves. They could be prosecuted in Canada under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Or they could be hauled before the International Criminal Court. Canada has ratified the ICC’s statute, giving it jurisdiction over Canadians who commit war crimes anywhere. However, the International Criminal Court will not intervene if Canadian officials are willing and able to investigate and prosecute.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) policy on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment inflicted on persons deprived of their liberty
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