Canadian Military Police Cleared Over Tortured Taliban Prisoners

The Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) has cleared Canadian military police officers of any wrongdoing in the investigation that Canada handed suspected Taliban prisoners over to Afghan police knowing they would be tortured.

The MPCC has been investigating charges by diplomat Richard Colvin that the Canadian military had handed detained prisoners over to the Afghan police knowing they would be tortured for information since 2007.

The commission found that the soldiers are not culpable because their superiors kept the allegations of torture from them and they therefore had no reason to think twice about handing over detainees. The report states that there were many documents indicating that torture was a risk of mistreatment, but those documents were classified at higher levels than military police could ever access.

The investigation has caused nasty fights in the House of Commons and accusations of war crimes on both sides. When Colvin brought the issue forward, he was attacked by the Harper government, who questioned his abilities and accused him of spreading Taliban lies.

The MPCC also notes in their report that the government’s response to the investigation was unreasonable. Their refusal to provide certain documents to the commission created delays and obstacles: “…the doors were basically slammed shut on document disclosure” between March 2008 and November 2009. The government also blocked witnesses from speaking at the hearing and removed information from documents for “national security.”

Peter MacKay, the Minister of National Defense during this time period, may be one of the ministers shuffled out this summer.

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Douglas Jackson
Douglas J5 years ago

When does not knowing, the effect of one's decisions, release them from the responsibility of their actions?

Is the foot soldier responsible for events that take place after following his or her orders? Is the next in the chain of command responsible for following directives from his or her higher ups? Or does the responsibility fall squarely upon the shoulders of those officials that are fully aware of what is going on and knowingly take steps to suppress the truth?

Canada's current conservative majority government will be exposed in the next federal election when all of their dirty dealings will be highlighted to the Canadian voting public, unfortunately that day of reckoning is not until 2015. Until then this governments underhanded tactics and disgusting rhetoric, directed towards all in opposition to their policies, will continue to shame Canada and its peoples. Not what we voted for, not what the majority supports, not the type of government any Canadian citizen wants representing our country.


Disgusted Canadian.

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P5 years ago


Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

sickening. If Sadam was evil because he tortured people then what does that make us?

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

They need to investigate the higher ups then!

Linda Wallace
Linda W5 years ago

I believe that the government managed a coverup. Typical behaviour of the group.

Micheal Moffat
Past Member 5 years ago

protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
*********** WALL OF SHAME ************
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DEMOLISH ------>>>>> THIS WALL !!!!

Christine C.
Chandra C5 years ago


Bob Stuart
Bob Stuart5 years ago

OK, now how about the higher-ups, with official access to those documents, instead of just plausible deniability? The only information these operations yield is that George Washington found the best way to resist occupying forces.

Fred H.
Fred H5 years ago

Twisted logic. The Nazi SS should not have been considered culpable, because they did not know that the people they arrested would actually be put in ovens when they reached the concentration camps. Is the Canadian military actually that stupid???

Bob P.