The Defence Department in Canada is prepared to go to Federal Court and spend whatever it takes to prevent the public from seeing government photos of Taliban hairdos, because it believes that the captured insurgents have a right to their privacy. Privacy? Respect? I'd give them the short end of a Glock. Fear of Islamic annihilationist asshattery has got to stop.
More sharia. Every bloody day, more caving to islamic law. Ugh. Who wants to lay odds on Obama picking up and instituting this policy in the US (if he hasn't already)?
Above from a photo essay of Taliban that has since been taken down here. You'd dress like that, too, if you had clitorectomized all your women, shut them up, cut off their noses, thrown acid on their faces, and made them wear cloth coffins all the time. Viva Islam! Obama say, Respect it!
Taliban hairdos censored over privacy, ‘national security’ … but what will the left wear this Spring? They need their inspiration.
DND censors Taliban photos over privacy, ‘national security’ Canada Post (hat tip Jack)
The Defence Department is prepared to go to Federal Court and spend whatever it takes to prevent the public from seeing government photos of Taliban hairdos because it believes the captured insurgents have a right to their privacy.
The department’s decision, outlined in newly released documents obtained by the Citizen, is the result of a test of the Access to Information law by two Ottawa lawyers, Paul Champ and Amir Attaran.
To see how far DND would go to prevent the release of information about captured Afghan insurgents, Attaran requested copies of photographs the military took of such individuals but asked that the faces of the prisoners be completely blacked out and that only the hairdos of the detainees shown.Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, the government watchdog for the Access law, also recommended DND release the heavily censored photos.
But the DND documents obtained by the Citizen through the Access law outline the department’s view: releasing the photographs of the hairdos of captured insurgents would violate their privacy rights and could hurt national security.
“National Defence will not follow the recommendation made by the Information Commissioner of Canada regarding disclosure of photographs covered by this file and is prepared to defend the decision in court if necessary,” Julie Jansen, head of DND’s Access to Information branch, wrote in the October 2010 briefing note.
Jansen argued the photographs constituted “personal information” of the insurgents and releasing images of their hairdos would “probably cause injuries related to national security.” She didn’t explain how the hairdo photos would harm Canada’s security.
In an attempt to determine if detainees had been tortured, Attaran had originally requested through the access law copies of photographs that DND had of captured individuals. The department, however, refused to release those.
That’s when he resorted to the request for just the images of the insurgent hairdos.
Attaran said DND’s claim it can’t release photos of hairdos because it must protect the privacy of the alleged insurgents is ludicrous. “The same government that says those detainees have no rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms now embraces the idea that detainees have rights under the Privacy Act,” he explained. “The government’s position is that these persons have privacy rights but no constitutional right to avoid torture.”