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Extraordinary Rendition

The Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar is here.

Quoting from section 4.1:

  • The RCMP provided American authorities with information, including the entire database from the aforementioned terrorism investigation, in ways that did not comply with RCMP policies requiring screening for relevance, reliability and personal information. Some of the information related to Mr. Arar.

  • The RCMP provided American authorities with information about Mr. Arar that was inaccurate, portrayed him in an unfairly negative fashion and overstated his importance in the RCMP investigation.
  • The RCMP provided American authorities with information about Mr. Arar without attaching written caveats, as required by RCMP policy, thereby increasing the risk that the information would be used for purposes of which the RCMP would not approve, such as sending Mr. Arar to Syria.
  • The RCMP requested that American authorities place lookouts for Mr. Arar and his wife, Monia Mazigh, in U.S. Customs’ Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). In the request, to which no caveats were attached, the RCMP described Mr. Arar and Dr, Mazigh as “Islamic Extremist individuals suspected of being linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist movement.”
  • The RCMP had no basis for this description, which had the potential to create serious consequences for Mr. Arar in light of American attitudes and practices at the time.
  • Project A-O Canada was the front-line investigative unit in the RCMP that conducted the investigation in which Mr. Arar was a person of interest, and it was that unit that provided information about Mr. Arar to American agencies. The RCMP, as an institution, gave Project A-O Canada unclear and, in some instances, misleading direction concerning the manner in which information should be shared, and failed to properly oversee the Project’s investigation, including its information-sharing practices.

I think somebody, possibly several somebodies, should be sent to prison for this.

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  1. Quotation

    A Canadian prison?

  2. Mike Hoye

    I’m interested in justice, not revenge.

  3. Jeff

    Hey, look on the bright side — at least in your country, mistakes like this get investigated and punished.

    You tell me what you think the possibility is that the current occupants of the American White House are likely to do similar self-examination in the near future.

  4. Jeff

    Hey, look on the bright side — at least in your country, mistakes like this get investigated.

    You tell me what you think the possibility is that the current occupants of the American White House are likely to do similar self-examination in the near future.

  5. Shamim

    What is even more galling about the entire Arar case, is that if he and his wife hadn’t made a fuss then none of this would have made it to the public eye.

    We should all be asking ourselves, how many people, deemed undesirable dissidents by those in power, are beaten down again and again? From the anti-war grandmas to Arar, we are all at risk for prosecution if the oversweeping powers given to the authorities in charge of the War on Terror are not reigned in.

    If we do not hold those we elect to account, then “mistakes” like these will continue to occur all too often.