The Most Dangerous Man in Canada?


by admin on March 10, 2010

The Editor,

Daniel Ellsberg was called “the most dangerous man in America” after he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. In the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, the 78-year old Ellsberg tells the story of his determination to help end the Vietnam War which the Americans were unlikely to win after nearly 30 years of fighting.

Canadian Ambassador Richard Colvin did not have the same intent as Ellsberg when he was called to the House of Commons Committee on Afghanistan last November, but his testimony has thrown the Government of Canada into a state of anger all too like that in the Nixon White House, especially after the Commons ordered the release of all the documents that Colvin had cited.

Not wanting to obey this order, the Government has just asked former Judge Frank Iacobucci to determine what injurious effects could result from releasing them. That action seems to have made matters worse, for everyone surely knows that the government can buy whatever legal opinion it wants from a judge without a court where the judgment can be enforced.

The Commons seems even more determined to ask the Speaker to enforce the judgment that it has already made and new evidence indicates that Canada had “partnered deliberately with the torturers in Afghanistan for the interrogation of detainees.” Now, that is certainly sensitive information that is bound to be injurious to some of those who have been boasting so loudly about their ‘true patriot love’ for Canada, for democracy, and for the truth.

Don Francis

Cantley, Quebec

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