IN THE NEWS ~ Harper brushes off demand Canada not use info learned by torture

Duplicates: Toronto Sun.com; Winnipeg Sun.com;Edmonton Sun.com; Calgary Sun.com; Ottawa Sun.com; The Sault Star (Final), A4; The Brantford Expositor (Final) D2

 

OTTAWA -- Canada has no plans to stop using information obtained through torture despite a damning report by the U.S. Senate that no good intelligence came from it during the early war-on-terror years.

The Opposition demanded Tuesday that the government reverse its decision to allow law enforcement and security agencies here to use CIA information gleaned through torture -- the brutal methods of which were laid out bare in the report Tuesday.

"(The Senate report) shows that so-called 'enhanced interrogation' techniques used on militants were 'ineffective' and 'never once produced information' which prevented a terrorist attack," NDP House leader Peter Julian asked in question period Tuesday. "Yet here in Canada, this Conservative government has repudiated basic Canadian values by issuing directives to CSIS, RCMP and the CBSA that allow them to use and share information obtained through torture.

"Will the government rescind these directives immediately?" Julian asked.

The response from Prime Minister Stephen Harper was brief.

"This has nothing whatsoever to do with the government of Canada," Harper said before taking his seat.

Canada is barely mentioned in the report, coming up only twice.

The issue of using information that came from torture has dogged the Conservative government in the past. In 2012, then-public safety minister Vic Toews defended the use.

"Information obtained by torture is always discounted," Towes said at the time. "But the problem is, can one safely ignore it when Canadian lives and property are at stake?"

ILLUS: Chris Wattie/REUTERS Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Harper brushes off demand JESSICA HUME, [email protected], NATIONAL BUREAU Dpulicates: Toronto Sun.com; Winnipeg Sun.com;Edmonton Sun.com; Calgary Sun.com; Ottawa Sun.com THE SAULT STAR (FINAL), A4, JESSICA HUME, [email protected], NATIONAL BUREAU THE BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR (FINAL), D2, 2014/12/10 JESSICA HUME, [email protected], NATIONAL BUREAU OTTAWA -- Canada has no plans to stop using information obtained through torture despite a damning report by the U.S. Senate that no good intelligence came from it during the early war-on-terror years. The Opposition demanded Tuesday that the government reverse its decision to allow law enforcement and security agencies here to use CIA information gleaned through torture -- the brutal methods of which were laid out bare in the report Tuesday. "(The Senate report) shows that so-called 'enhanced interrogation' techniques used on militants were 'ineffective' and 'never once produced information' which prevented a terrorist attack," NDP House leader Peter Julian asked in question period Tuesday. "Yet here in Canada, this Conservative government has repudiated basic Canadian values by issuing directives to CSIS, RCMP and the CBSA that allow them to use and share information obtained through torture. "Will the government rescind these directives immediately?" Julian asked. The response from Prime Minister Stephen Harper was brief. "This has nothing whatsoever to do with the government of Canada," Harper said before taking his seat. Canada is barely mentioned in the report, coming up only twice. The issue of using information that came from torture has dogged the Conservative government in the past. In 2012, then-public safety minister Vic Toews defended the use. "Information obtained by torture is always discounted," Towes said at the time. "But the problem is, can one safely ignore it when Canadian lives and property are at stake?" ILLUS: Chris Wattie/REUTERS Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday.

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