21 June 2009

What's Next to Fall Under "National Security"?

To prevent Canadians from learning the financial costs of Canada's presence in Afghanistan, the Harper government is citing national security concerns.

In a significant policy shift, the Canadian government now believes that telling the country's taxpayers the future cost of the war in Afghanistan would be a threat to national security....

The Defence Department cited a national security exemption when it censored a request under Access to Information by the federal NDP for the military costs of Canada's military participation in the ... military mission to Afghanistan.

When the NDP asked for the identical figures last year, the military made them public.... The yearly incremental cost of the war would top $1 billion.... This year, military censors cited Section 15 of the act in blocking out the figure.

What has changed is not any threat to national security, but fears by Harper government that revealing the figure would be harmful to its health or further survival.

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