is running a story about another Canadian immigrant who was sent to Syria, seemingly with the knowledge and participation of the Canadian government, and held (and tortured) for over a year: For the first time, Abdullah Almalki tells his story. The Maher Arar case is well-known, but the disturbing thing is that there are more Arars out there and their cases are not being considered.
It’s disturbing because it shows that there’s a huge systemic unwillingness in Canada do actually do anything at all about terrorism and related issues. Almalki may or may not have been a Really Bad Guy, but it’s beside the point. If we have people here who may be terrorists or whatever, we must have the processes in place (and the balls) to do what has to be done here. I don’t think that ever includes torture, but I don’t think they sent him to Syria just to offload the torture on them – I think there’s a deeper problem: a general lack of will to deal with this issue as if it were truly ours.