You may remember Arar is the guy kidnapped in NY by US intelligence. Despite the fact he was carrying a Canadian passport, they sent the guy to Syria (via Jordan) where he was detained, beaten with electrical cables, and then released a year later. He sued the US government but the Bushistas invoked 'national security' in an attempt to hide violations of international treaties (and by definition US law).
Syrian-born Maher Arar was exonerated of all suspicion of terrorist activity by the 2 1/2-year commission of inquiry into his case, which urged the Canadian government to offer him financial compensation. Arar is perhaps the world's best-known case of extraordinary rendition - the U.S. transfer of foreign terror suspects to third countries without court approval.
"I am able to say categorically that there is no evidence to indicate that Mr. Arar has committed any offense or that his activities constitute a threat to the security of Canada," Justice Dennis O'Connor said Monday in a three-volume report on the findings of the inquiry, part of which was made public.
Something the US and Syria can agree upon . . . violations of international law and basic human rights should be kept on the DL.O'Connor criticized the U.S. and recommended that Ottawa file formal protests with both Washington and the Syrian government over Arar's treatment.
U.S. and Syrian officials refused to cooperate with the Canadian inquiry.
This guy paid a heavy price for trying to avoid shipping from TigerDirect.The RCMP asked the U.S. to put Arar on a watch list as an "Islamic extremist individual" suspected of links to the al-Qaida terrorist movement, the report said.
The request was issued after Arar met with another man who was under surveillance, a meeting Arar has said was about how to find inexpensive computer equipment.
"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," the report said.