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August 28, 2008

Pt 1: Private Secuirty Firms in Afghanistan -Earlier this month, Master Corporal Josh Roberts was shot to death while he was manning the turret in a light-armoured vehicle in Afghanistan's Zhari district. His unit was engaged in a firefight with the Taliban at the time. But there is increasing speculation that Corporal Roberts may not have been killed by Taliban bullets. While the firefight was going on, a group of private security contractors were escorting a civilian convoy along a nearby road and may have fired into the fray, not realizing the Canadian soldiers were there.

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Pt 2: Cleever Debrief - Semantics aside, race is playing a role in the campaign. And the CBC's Michael Enright caught up with Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver The Second to get his thoughts on the issue. Michael is covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado and that's where we reached him.

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It's Thursday, August 28th.

Stephen Harper's former Chief of Staff says the Prime Minister doesn't need a majority to advance the long-term goal of destroying the Liberal party.

Currently, in fact, in another move to cut government programs, they've outsourced the job to the Liberals.

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Private Secuirty Firms in Afghanistan

Earlier this month, Master Corporal Josh Roberts was shot to death while he was manning the turret in a light-armoured vehicle in Afghanistan's Zhari district. His unit was engaged in a firefight with the Taliban at the time. But there is increasing speculation that Corporal Roberts may not have been killed by Taliban bullets. While the firefight was going on, a group of private security contractors were escorting a civilian convoy along a nearby road and may have fired into the fray, not realizing the Canadian soldiers were there.

The Canadian Government is still investigating the incident. But it's raised a lot of questions about how private security contractors operate. No one seems to have a precise number. But there are tens of thousands of private soldiers in Afghanistan. They're working for at least 60 and maybe as many as 100 different companies. And the Canadian Military says they play a vital role.

That was Brigadier General Denis Thompson speaking to reporters the week that Corporal Roberts was killed. To shed some light on who these private security contractors are and how they operate, Mike Capstick joined us. He was the commander of the Canadian Forces Strategic Advisory Team in Afghanistan from August 2005 to August 2006. He's now an Associate at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.

To find out more about the private security contractors the Canadian government hires we asked Jillian Van Acker to give us a rundown. She's a Communications Officer with the Department of National Defense.

But as Mike Capstick mentioned, there are lots of private security contractors who aren't employed by the Canadian Government. And the rules that govern them aren't always that clear. Alan Bell is trying to do something about that. He's the President of Globe Risk Holdings, an international security consulting company. He's in the process of drafting a new set of protocols for private contractors operating in Afghanistan and he joined us in Toronto.

Listen to Part One:

 

Cleever Debrief


Semantics aside, race is playing a role in the campaign. And the CBC's Michael Enright caught up with Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver The Second to get his thoughts on the issue. Michael is covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado and that's where we reached him.


Listen to Part Two:

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