What we can know

Stockwell Day says the government will not comply with Parliament’s demand for access to uncensored information on Afghan detainees. Wesley Wark, appointed to the government’s advisory council on national security in 2005 and reappointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2007 (his term has since expired), suggests the government take a different approach.

Intelligence specialist Wesley Wark said the heavy censorship of the documents supplied to the parliamentary committee probing the handling of prisoners has turned the hearings into a “farce.”

“I think a much more liberal approach to provision of documents would be the way to go so that the public at large doesn’t feel that the government is simply trying to stiff the parliamentary committee, which is very much the impression one gets at the moment,” said Wark, a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa.