“The Ballad of Maher Arar!”

There is a guy here in Canada by the name of Maher Arar who has had a lot of problems in the last little while.
This is: “The Ballad of Maher Arar!”

Now Maher is a Syrian born (Canadian citizen) engineer who has lived here in Canada for many years. While on vacation in Tunisia to visit relatives back in September of 2002 he was stopped on the way back home during a change of planes in New York .

To make a long story short it appears the R.C.M.P. and C.S.I.S. (Canadian Security and Intelligence Services) asked the U. S. to put Maher and his wife on a security watch list and described them as “Islamic extremists” suspected of being linked to al-Qaida. (To get the facts straight, Maher had run into someone {once, a long time ago}socially, who was linked to al-Qaida and he has since then been described as a “person of interest!”

Maher was arrested in New York and then eventually sent to Syria for interrogation. (It seems they can’t use torture and all that stuff on U.S. soil) During the year he was confined he was………… well let’s just say he survived and eventually got home.

Now there is an investigation into the whole affair and the shit has hit the fan. First of all is this quote: “Everyone who testified accepts that this description of Arar was wrong and should not have been given to the Americans. There was no basis for any such assertion.” On top of this the inquiry found that senior R.C.M.P. officials realized their mistake but didn’t want to admit any errors so they tried to back their origianl claims against Arar with all kinds of information that was exaggerated, distorted or just plain false! (THEY LIED!)
They even went so far as to alter their own police notes!!!!!!!!!

It goes further, the inquiry stated that: “The malevolence of Canadian officialdom didn’t stop with Arar’s arrest. On several occasions, even as the Canadian Government was trying to free Arar from his foreign dungeon, C.S.I.S. officials were telling the Syrians that it would be better if Arar was not let back into Canada.”
(C.S.I.S. denies this but it is documented as true!)

In an effort to dispel the notion that Canada didn’t want Arar back, Foreign Affairs tried to draft a letter to the Syrians saying that there was no evidence whatsoever that he was tied to any terrorist group or activity. Both the R.C.M.P. and C.S.I.S refused to put their stamp of approval on this letter and instead insisted on making even more false claims about Arar.

In the months before and after Arar’s release, unnamed Canadian security officials conducted what Justice Dennis O’Connor described as a “smear campaign” of leaks to the media of supposedly confidential intelligence that was “inaccurate, unsupported and grossly unfair to Mr. Arar.”

This all came to a head with a newspaper story by reporter Juliette O’Neill, who said that the leaks had come from the R.C.M.P. and G.S.I.S. in their attempt to defend themselves against allegations that the security forces had “sent an innocent man to be tortured in Syria.”

Now listen to this………….. in respnse to this article the R.C.M.P. raided O’Neill’s home, took her in for questioning and confiscated all her correspondence, notes, computers etc.

As for poor Arar, his life is all but ruined. But, the O’Connor inquiry has laid the groundwork for the mother of all lawsuits against the R.C.M.P. and the Government. We can say that this time the man will get the Mounties, not the other way around!

What the HELL is going on here? Is it 1984 or is this a Police State? This is Canada for Christ’s sake, not some two bit third world country.

I guess the only difference is that here in Canada, when these abuses of authority are discovered, we are allowed to sue the ass off the perpetrators instead of just quietly disappearing!

It’s no wonder I hate the cops as much as the religious nuts.
(And we all know that cops don’t lie, right?)

Your pissed scribe:
Allan W Janssen

7 thoughts on ““The Ballad of Maher Arar!”

  1. Completely unbelievable.  What the hell is becoming of the world?  Everyone is so worked up about terrorists, fighting and catching them, that we have forgotten what we should really be fighting for.

  2. Maher Arar: Timeline

    Arar and his family are seeking compensation from the federal government for his abrupt deportation and imprisonment in Syria. Judge Dennis O’Connor, who conducted the inquiry into the matter, recommended in his report dated Sept. 18, 2006 that Ottawa pay up.

    Too little, too late.

  3. Completely unbelievable.  What the hell is becoming of the world?

    Exactly that.
    Anarchy, rule of strongest and rudest. And not just limited to politics but also to economy.

    There’s just scaring amount of similarities to events before WW2 when corrupt tyrantic leaders were given power.

  4. I hope for the best. I suspect the worst. Canada is in the grips of American politics at (aht I hope is) the height of their power. We will fall in line.

    Not forever, and hopefully not for long.

  5. As I said on the “Jesus Camp Should Scare You” entry, the lines between America and Canada are blurring more and more.  Our current prime minister seems to have no backbone without Bush’s hand up his ass to rely on and, as stupid extremists and racists see what their american counterparts are getting away with, well it is no surprise that they feel like they should give it a try too.
    Unfortunately for them we in Canada have not yet abolished things like free speech and a fair trial so it remains more difficult for them to act out their hatred. Relying on American insanity seems to be the easiest way for them to still get their rocks off without actually having to take responsibility. 
    I can only hope that they stick it to these shitheads real good and maybe Canada will one day be the tolerant, open-minded and kind-hearted place the rest of the world seems to think we are.

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