Milliken ruled that government was in breach of parliamentary privilege by refusing to comply with the House’s order in December to produce documents related to the transfer of Afghan detainees to risk of torture and Steve now has two weeks to figure out the details of a face-saving compromise with the opposition parties that would safeguard national security while still obeying the House's order to produce.
A victory for democracy then.
Over at the Military Police Complaints Commission today, Major Denis Gagnon testified that those very same Afghan transfer orders that Milliken has just ordered be produced are :
"all thrown together in a storage bin, a sea container" and an assessment of how long it would take to catalogue documents and identify the records requested by the commission may take years."So. Milliken says Parliament is supreme and has the right to them but some major says sadly it just isn't going to happen.
"Earlier a senior military official testified that some Afghan detainee documents requested by the commission have been delayed to ensure no information gets out that could jeopardize the security of troops in Afghanistan."Really. How much info from transfer orders made in say 2007 is going to jeopardize troop security today? You've been using this same excuse for years now.
"The commission was also told that Defence officials are screening out documents that military police would not have seen in the course of their duties."... because last year Steve curtailed the authority of the MPCC to ask for docs that do not directly pertain to the military police.
"Gagnon said he makes the decision on what military police would have seen based on his personal experience in theatre and his knowledge of communications channels within the military chain of command and communications links with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade."So it's the Dept. of Defence that decides what is relevant then, not the MPCC.
Ok. Parliament may be supreme but Defence is supremer. Got it.
"Commission counsel Ron Lunau asked if the commission could look at the documents that have been screened out since it should be up to the commission, not Defence officials, to determine what military police should have seen.
The answer from government counsel Alain Prefontaine and from Gagnon was a firm no."