[Vision2020] Innocent man sent to Syria and tortured

Art Deco deco at moscow.com
Thu Sep 21 10:29:07 PDT 2006

I was in Canada sometime in the past when Canadian national debate was first 
focused on this case.  If someone with more time than I have wants to Google 
The National Post or the Edmonton Journal, this would be a chance to see how 
another western democracy sees this case.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ralph Nielsen" <nielsen at uidaho.edu>
To: <Vision2020 at moscow.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 8:35 AM
Subject: [Vision2020] Innocent man sent to Syria and tortured

> Recommendation 22
> The Government of Canada should register a formal objection with the
> governments of the United States and Syria concerning their treatment
> of Maher Arar and Canadian officials involved with his case.
> The American authorities who handled Arar’s case treated him in a
> most regrettable fashion, O'Connor wrote. They removed him to Syria
> against his wishes and in the face of his statements that he would be
> tortured if sent there. Moreover, they dealt with Canadian officials
> involved with Arar’s case in a less than forthcoming manner.
> The inquiry concluded American officials were not candid, either with
> the RCMP officers with whom they had been working jointly on the
> investigation that involved Arar, or with Canadian consular officials
> seeking to assist Arar, about their intentions or about the process
> that led to his removal.
> The act of objecting will be more symbolic than anything else,
> O'Connor concedes. Unquestionably, he says, Canada should continue to
> co-operate fully with American authorities in the global fight
> against terror.
> The entire text is available at:
> http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/arar/arar_inquiry.html
> I might add that the American authorities could much more easily have
> sent Arar back home to Canada than to Syria, which according to
> President Bush is an "evil" country. The Americans then lied and said
> they had sent him to Switzerland (of all countries!).
> I'm sure Dick Sherwin would also admit to being a terrorist if he
> were sent to Syria or Guantanamo.
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