Let it not be said I ignore stories on my side of the border. I knew the instant the RCMP and FBI fingered him, that there was no mistake. The issue here is that by demonizing the Canadian Government, the US Government and the RCMP, Arar’s defense team could easily rally support and then force the courts to rule in his favour. This is exactly why we don’t allow terrorists the right to a trial in this manner.
Maher Arar was detained, sent to Syria, “tortured” (his account doesn’t match the official records) and then came back to Canada and successfully sued the Canadian government for $10.5 million for what appears now to be his “rightful” incarceration. If you want to “learn” more, go to his sham of a website, I don’t see the purpose in spouting his propaganda from my page. He abused my country’s legal system, found himself a left-leaning judge (don’t think I would forget about your “no evidence” ruling Justice Denis O’Connor) to help him do it, and ruined the career of RCMP Commissoner Giuliano Zaccardelli, so why should I give him any more benefit of the doubt?
Why I am bringing this up now? It all starts with Omar Khadr case, the 15 year old al-Qaeda fighter who was arrested on the battlefield after killing an American soldier. During recent interview with Khadr, now 22, he not only identified Maher Arar from a photo line-up, but by name, as a man who visited al-Qaeda “safe houses” in Afghanistan, and may have actually seen him at a terror training camp in Kabul. Seeing as how he was locked up at Gitmo since he was picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2002, having been brought to the country with his family in 1996, the only reasonable way he could know of Maher Arar, not just his name but what he looked like, was if he was telling the truth. The Ottawa Citizen has the rest of the story, and I suggest you give it a read.
Now what happens from here? Obviously the FBI now has the evidence to crush Arar’s case against the US Government, and will hopefully reopen the RCMP investigation into his terrorist ties. This isn’t simply being friends with a man who is friends with one of Osama bin Laden’s senior associates, Ahmed Said Khadr, Omar’s father, there is now evidence linking Arar to Khadr Sr himself (is that enough for you Justice O’Conner?). You can’t simply say you were in the wrong place at the wrong time when a witness places you, on numerous occasions, in al-Qaeda “safe houses.” With this, the RCMP also doesn’t have to divulge the sensitive information they gathered during their investigation of Arar, as was demanded by then government officials, the courts and the NDP (don’t think I forgot about your ilk’s part in this mess “Taliban” Jack Layton).
With all this coming out, I wonder whether or not it is too late now to do anything. I highly doubt the RCMP and the Canadian Government will let this go, let alone the Americans with this lawsuit against them still in the courts. To be honest, I won’t be happy until that $10.5 million is back in my government’s hands and Arar himself is locked up for his part in this war against the West.
Time will tell whether justice remains perverted by those who refuse to acknowledge that we live in a Post 9/11 world…
UPDATE: Well not only do we have this news, but Michelle Malkin is reporting on a story in the Toronto Star about Canadian border officials blocking entrance to Bill Ayers. He was supposed to speak at the Centre for Urban Schooling at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, but after his plane landed at the Toronto Island airport, he was pulled aside by border guards, forced to wait 4 to 5 hours, and then sent back. It is good to know that even with this Arar/Khadr mess, that we still know how to deal with terrorists, no matter which President-Elect they are friends with.
UPDATE: Now Hot Air’s Allahpundit is running with the Ayers story. I would like to see them looking into the Arar/Khadr story, but it is nice to see Canada isn’t simply the butt of a pot related joke.
UPDATE: According to a new Ottawa Citizen article, the alleged sighting at an al-Qaeda training camp in September of 2001 contradicts with evidence that Arar was in Canada at the time.
…The evidence was called into serious question under cross-examination when it emerged that one of the alleged Arar sightings in Afghanistan took place in the fall of 2001 — the same time the Canadian judicial inquiry into Arar’s case established that he was, in fact, in Canada…
The problem with this is, as stated in the previous article, was that Khadr himself wasn’t too sure about this sighting, but swears he did see him at al-Qaeda “safe houses” on numerous occasions. Let me repeat that Khadr himself wasn’t too sure about this sighting, but swears he did see him at al-Qaeda “safe houses” on numerous other occasions. As with the commenter sarah5757, O’Conner probably took this one inconsistency and dismissed all other evidence. The problem is that this doesn’t explain how Khadr could even know of Arar if these other meetings didn’t take place, let alone pick him out of a photo array and identify him by name, since he was in Afghanistan since 1996, when he was 9 years old.
Those with who approach a situation with such a bias could never be trusted to be fair. Once again, this is why terrorists do not get criminal trials, especially with so many left-leaning judges looking to make a name for themselves…