Monday, July 09, 2007

Hiding behind secrecy

The Prime Minister is defending the secrecy of the review of Ahmed Zaoui's Security Risk Certificate, claiming in her press conferance today that it was necessary to protect classified information:

"It's not a court it's a review of a security risk certificate. Obviously it involves the use of classified information and that is properly done outside what would be the procedures of a court," said the PM.

There's just one problem: it's not true. The current "open" hearings do not involve any classified information at all. If they did, Zaoui and his lawyers would not be allowed to attend. Instead, the SIS and the government are hiding behind secrecy, and using it to prevent any independent assessment of the evidence or the fairness of the process. And in a society which supposedly respects human rights, that is simply unacceptable.