Tuesday, August 09, 2011

One of these things is not like the other (or is what the other was like once but isn't now).

Is this from a letter written by the venerable Amnesty International protesting the Conservative government's mollycoddling of known war criminals?

. . . You correctly note that these men have “been found ineligible for entry into Canada on the basis of these accusations, and have been ordered deported” (though the snide preface “apparently” is unnecessary and unworthy), but you object that “the details about the nature, basis or seriousness of the accusations against them have [not] been made public.” This is not entirely true and, where true, not fair.

Where the individuals have made their records public, either voluntarily or in federal court, the details of their cases are well known. For example, we know that one of the 30 men still at large, Jose Domingo Malaga Arica, admitted to participating in helicopter raids on villages in which women and children were machine-gunned indiscriminately and to transporting accused criminals to be tortured. We know this because his federal court record is public. However, in cases where no exception to the Privacy Act applies, the government has not revealed such detailed information. . . Is it your position that the Canadian public does not deserve to know that these men are hiding among us unless or until each of them has signed a privacy waiver allowing details of their complicity in crimes against humanity to be made public? If so, I respectfully disagree. I believe the Canadian public deserves better.

That's from a letter by Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism, to Amnesty International, once an internationally-respected and venerable human rights organization, but these days, not so much.

To merely notice this grimly funny paradox is to risk being subjected to demands to surrender all claim to independence of thought, progressive political views, proletarian solidarity, non-Zionism, membership in Mountain Equipment Co-op and all such forms of fashionable virtue. I notice it anyway. Good one, Minister Kenney. More like that, please.


Blogger dmurrell said...

I agree with Jason Kenney and you on AI Canada. I am a former suppoer frustrated by AI's highly charged politicization.

Check out AI Canada's 2009 charity return to the Canada Revenue Agency. The NGO received a large $3.7-million in revenue, but of that, $731-thousand is spent on fundraising costs. The group paid nearly $600-thousand to professional fundraisers, yet the professional bagmen only raised $320-thousand for the group. AI Canada is wasting donor dollars.

AI Canada has turned into a big-monied corporate agency, with little accountiblity.

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