Monday, September 18, 2006

Inaccuracy and lies

Read this very shocking article from the newspaper The Globe and Mail and you'll see how the Canadian government, back in 2003, was using ethnic discrimination to enforce our laws that were apparently inherited from the British colonization. Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, was sent by the Canadian authorities to the USA and then, my Southern neighbours sent Arar to Syria. Once he arrived in Syria, Arar was thrown behind bars and the Syrian government tortured him. Three years later, the Canadian government discovers that Maher Arar was a victim of inaccurate intelligence reports of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

All that being said, the Canadian government believed that Maher Arar had some ties with Al-Qaeda, but it turns out to be all rubbish according to a federal report made by the judge Dennis O'Connor. After you've read the article of The Globe and Mail, you'll have an idea of what it means to have a government that is often politically paranoid just like certain Americans since the attacks of the 9/11.

Moreover, Bill Graham, the Minister of Foreign Affairs back then, said that he didn't even know that torture was being used in Syrian prisons. Seriously, when you have a parliamentary team of experts working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, are not supposed to expect some countries of the Middle East to be democratic, do you? Furthermore, can someone tell me why the @$%$ the Canadian government censored the report made by Judge O'Connor when it was presented to the public?

All right, this is really annoying. Finally, before I finish this blog entry, I'll leave you with two good blogs that often deal with politics or stuff that are related to it: one by Freecyprus and Ergo Te Lina.

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