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a lonely worker
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posted 15 September 2006 10:19 PM      Profile for a lonely worker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The official report on the torture case of Maher Arar will be censored because of government fears that publication of some of the evidence could hurt national security, federal sources say.

The long-awaited report, which is to be released Monday by a judicial commission of inquiry, will have parts deleted that officials fear could identify informants or could hurt diplomatic relations with countries that provided Ottawa with intelligence reports in confidence, the sources say.

However, lawyers for the commission plan to take the government to court to force the eventual release of information that Mr. Justice Dennis O'Connor, the head of the inquiry, wants disclosed because it is in the public interest.

The deletions will not prevent the commission from completing one of its chief objectives, determining the extent of Canadian government complicity in Mr. Arar's 2002 arrest in New York and deportation to Syria as a suspected terrorist, according to the federal sources who cannot be identified because they have not been authorized by the Conservative government to speak to reporters.

The issue came to a head in April last year when Judge O'Connor tried to publish a summary of in-camera evidence from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He had already vetted the material and removed references he had decided might cause a legitimate security problem.

But the Justice Department and the Privy Council Office threatened to go over the commissioner's head to get an order from the Federal Court to block publication.

The censorship issue has prevented Mr. Arar, 35, from testifying at the inquiry. Judge O'Connor ruled that it would be unfair to subject him to cross-examination by government lawyers who had access to confidential information that had not been seen by Mr. Arar or his own lawyers.

Ottawa to censor portions of Arar report

How much do you want to bet the only thing that won't be censored are the "bad Liberal" bits and it will take years for us to find out the real story of how CSIS and the FBI are just branch plants of the FBI and CIA?

As usual dilute the story into slow drips so that people don't connect the dots. I hope the shit hits the fan on Monday.

From: Anywhere that annoys neo-lib tools | Registered: Jul 2005  |  IP: Logged
Américain Égalitaire
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posted 17 September 2006 04:24 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There's more. There's always more. Maher Arar wasn't the only one.

From today's Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa engineer Abdullah Almalki remembers his interrogator sliding a paper across a table in Syria's notorious Palestine Branch prison complex.

The man put his hand over part of the page while directing him to an exposed paragraph. According to Mr. Almalki, the interrogator told him: "This is what the Canadians are saying about you."

The paragraph, Mr. Almalki remembers, characterized him as an aide to Osama bin Laden and a high-ranking officer of al-Qaeda based on information gathered through police searches of his Ottawa home and office.

The moment was one of many that led Mr. Almalki to the conclusion that his 22-months of detention and torture were ultimately attributable to Canadian intelligence agencies.

"Everything I was interrogated on from

Day 1 to the last day was related to my life in Canada, to people in Canada, to my business," he told the Citizen in an interview this week in his south Ottawa home. "There was nothing related to Syria, absolutely nothing."

The 36-year-old father of six has launched a $15-million civil lawsuit against the federal government and a host of RCMP officers and CSIS agents. Among those named in the suit are RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli and former CSIS director Ward Elcock.

The statement of claim, filed in Ontario Superior Court, contends that Canadian officials were complicit in his torture by virtue of their deliberate attempt to obtain information from Mr. Almalki through his detention and interrogation in Syria. It describes Mr. Almalki as "collateral damage" in the federal government's publicly declared war on terror.

"The Canadian government, including the RCMP and CSIS, believed Abdullah was a terrorist. When they could not find any evidence of Abdullah's terrorist connections in Canada, they conspired with Syrian officials to extract the evidence for them, by whatever means," the lawsuit alleges.

"But the defendants were wrong: there was no evidence to be extracted. There was no connection between Abdullah and terrorism. The Canadian government caused an innocent man, one of its own citizens, to be imprisoned and tortured."

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