Canada ordered its intelligence agency to use information that may have been extracted through torture if public safety is at risk, it has emerged.
The directive, obtained by Canadian media through freedom of information laws, was issued in 2010.
It applies only in exceptional cases and does not urge security services to condone or engage in torture, the public safety ministry says.
So basically the Canadian government said "Okay, you can torture people but only if you REALLY need to. Don't be dicks about it, eh?"
This, unsurprisingly, isn't going over so well in the Great White North. As an American my first reaction is "Ha! And here you were looking down your nose at us. Turns out you're really not much better!"
Of course, that's just my knee-jerk reaction driven by a love all Americans share of ripping on filthy, filthy foreigners. American's shameful attitude towards torture in recent years is far worse. But the point I'm trying to make here is that while a lot of countries were right to denounce said policies, the people who live there shouldn't be so quick to assume that their hands are clean. Governments do a lot things behind closed doors and human nature will always trump national attitudes.