Rubber Stamped

Maher Arar’s case was dismissed, which means the bad guys basically win.

“One need not have much imagination to contemplate the negative effect on our relations with Canada if discovery were to proceed in this case and were it to turn out that certain high Canadian officials had, despite public denials, acquiesced in Arar’s removal to Syria.” – Judge David Traeger.

You know, as a Canadian citizen, should it turn out that certain high Canadian officials had, despite public denials, acquiesced in Arar’s removal to Syria, I’d love to know about that.

So much for checks and balances. It’s good to know that the Courts’ job, now that Everything Has Changed, is to protect our officials from the embarassment and inconvenience of being exposed as liars and frauds.

3 Comments

  1. John
    Posted February 21, 2006 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    David Traeger is an American judge, and the court in question is an American one. As such, the court’s decision has absolutely nothing to do with protecting OUR officials and absolutely everything to do with protecting US officials – and the hypothetical Canadians being implicated so carefully without the slightest shred of evidence by that statement are just a decoy.

    What it’s really about is the US government arguing that
    A) they don’t need to tell you how they got their information or what the information is
    B) There are no rules against torture,
    C) They’re behaving just like any civilised nation would.
    D) Wouldn’t you rather look at the monkey? See the funny monkey?

    (And I’m not going to bother linking the words in the last sentence. I could, but it would take too long and I’d run out of letters to make into links halfway through.)

  2. Shamim
    Posted February 23, 2006 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I guess it’s hardly a conspiracy theory if everyone is in collusion eh? What’s needed is more political pressure here at home, at the grass roots level. This can only bolster dissenting movements down south and vigiliance on our parts is even more important than ever given how cosy the current government is with the Bush administration.

  3. kev
    Posted February 27, 2006 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m more than happy to link to the (not so) funny monkey.