Sunday, April 29, 2007

Today's Gnuer Reality


Yesterday it was 'access' with a fallback to 'monitoring':

(Saturday) morning on CBC's 'The House' there was , to say the least, a spirited discussion about the Afghan prisoner issue.


The Minister responsible, Gordon 'I am not Archie Bunker!' O'Connor, was not there.

So, instead, surrogate Russ Hiebert had his loins gird(l)ed, was prepped with talking points, and sent into the fray.

And it was a performace that would have made even Karl Rove proud.

Hiebert dissembled at every opportunity, raised the traitor card repeatedly and, while he used the Stockboy defense as his best offense, never once said that Canadian corrections officials have, and always have had, 'access' to 'prisons'.

Make no mistake - he said 'facilities' a number of times and he said 'prisons' even more.

But he did not say 'prisoners'.

Not that they won't use this as a fallback point, say, this afternoon, because the other word that they can dissemble tomorrow on is 'access' (vs. 'monitoring').

Only trouble is, today's News appears to have taken away both of those Gnu talking points simultaneously:

Members of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission were allowed on Sunday into the prison run by the National Directorate of Security, the war-torn country's intelligence police, the CBC has learned.

The monitors were "warmly received" by NDS agents, the commission said. However, two agents followed them while they tried to interview detainees about their treatment inside the prison, giving commission members the sense the prisoners couldn't speak freely.

The commission also said it does not have full access to the prison: Out of 10 requests for visits, only two have been granted.


What'll it be tomorrow?

The 'quaintness' of the Geneva Conventions, perhaps?

Or, maybe Stockboy's eerily Chenyian 'Private Contractor Protection Plan' will be moved up to, like, yesterday, so that the Gnu's can pass a double-secret probation Order-In-Council behind closed doors that exempts all past, present and future Mercs from prosecution in perpetuity.


Perhaps it's time to stop this train of thought before we give the minders who have been landing here from with increased frequency lately any ideas.



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