Thursday, September 21, 2006

Maher Arar - weird case or what?

So Maher Arar was returning to Canada from Tunisia. Maher Arar is a Syrian-Canadian. He changed planes in America. The RCMP had Maher, his wife and children on a watch list. His children at the time were 6 months and six years old. The Americans stopped him, decided from the Canadian information that Arar had some kind of terrorist leanings. So they sent Arar, on a PRIVATE jet, to SYRIA. Where Arar was tortured for information.
A couple of odd things here. Who owned this private jet? Hmmm, probably the CIA? Who else?
Can CIA planes just go to Syria to deposit prisoners illegally arrested? What did the Americans expect from Syria? Put aside whether you think Maher Arar is guilty of something or a terrorist or not and consider this.
So he gets to Syria, they extract 'information' under torture from Arar, and then they SEND this info back to America and Canada!
What?
Is Syria America's Middle East Guantanamo? Does Syria do the torturing for America? The two countries call each other names daily. Is that a ruse? Is Syria an American partner? What does CSIS and the RCMP do in all this? What exactly IS Syria's relationship with the West?
I can see some American officials sending Arar to Syria just for some weird sadistic pleasure. But they did it and expected to get information from Syria.
Weird or what?

4 comments:

  1. maynard8:49 am

    He's likely a terrorist. they should of kept him there. All those type are. Or at least they're sympathetic.

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  2. Anonymous11:53 am

    Maynard must be a red white and true blue George Dubya lovin Americun.. I can just tell by his prose. What a doofus!

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  3. Bill P9:17 am

    What we didn't know before, was that Arar, when going to Canada and getting his citizenship, didn't GIVE UP his Syrian citizenship or passport! So when the US intercepted him they had reason to send him to Canada OR Syria. So using that reasoning, they rightly chose the country that he seemed to have allegiance to, Syria!
    If he wanted to be coddled as a Canadian, he should have forfeited his Syrian connections! He still could visit family in Syria as a full fledged Canadian. He chose not to.
    I think he took that chance and too bad for him.

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  4. Anonymous9:51 am

    bill p
    your comments have merit, when coming to live in Canada, and becoming a citizen then everyone should have to give up their other citizenship.They all want their cake and eat it to.

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