Stephen Harper has a new mantra: speak loudly and cary a big black pen. The shouting is to prove what a strong leader he is. The black pen is for all the embarassing documents he doesn't want you to see.
First it was the Dept of Finance and their "redacted" documents that supposedly proved tax leakage.
Now it's reports of Afghan prisoner abuse with all the information about torture hidden by the now familiar black markings.
Anything, it seems, with bad optics is fair game for government censors.
The problem is, the blacking-out is itself bad optics. It speaks of Soviet-style state censorship and doesn't play very well to those who still believe in democracy and pesky things like the Access to Information Act, or the Geneva Convention, or Canadian-owned companies.
Well, Mr Harper, despite all the blacking out -- your true colours are beginning to show through.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posted by Fillibluster at 8:09 PM