Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Spreading dirt on Abdelrazik..

This is the same sort of smear campaign orchestrated against Arar when attempts were being made to get him out of jail in Syria. Material was leaked to reporters that was in effect false confessions he made under torture. You should realise that for the US Arar is still a member of Al Qaeda. That was the reason given for rendering him to Syria where he was tortured under interrogation. Although Arar was compensated and cleared by an inquiry no one within the intelligence services was ever disciplined for passing on unverified and in fact untrue allegations about Arar to US intelligence services.
The UN document exists because it is what the US requested. No evidence goes along with the accusations because that would compromise security operations. Even though intelligence agencies have no decent evidence against you that would stamp up in any court or even be sufficient to lay charges you can be punished anyway. This is what we call the rule of law. Arar has even been entirely cleared and compensated for his trials but he is still on the no fly list and nothing has been done by US authorities to try to get him off the no fly list. All that has happened is that lawsuits by him have so far been tossed out in the US. Big change Obama has said boo about the case.

It is quite all right for security agencies to keep authorities in the dark. No doubt in the interests of national security.

This article is from the Globe and Mail.

Paul Koring
From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2009 03:33AM EDT
A coterie of high-ranking Canadian security officials first considered blocking Abousfian Abdelrazik's return five years ago at the request of a foreign government, but kept ministers of the then-Liberal government in the dark, The Globe and Mail has learned.
Only days before Mr. Abdelrazik was to be released in July, 2004, from the Sudanese prison where he had been interrogated by Canadian agents, a foreign government believed to be the United States made urgent high-level representations to senior Canadian security operatives seeking “Canada's agreement not to allow Abdelrazik to board aircraft bound for Canada.”
That's exactly what happened, although the role of Canadian security agencies remains murky. Mr. Abdelrazik was denied flights by both Lufthansa and Air Canada. Ever since, and as recently as last month in federal court, Canadian officials have claimed Canada had no hand in thwarting his return and that it was strictly an airline decision.
Yet heavily redacted documents suggest Canadian security agencies played a role and kept ministers in the dark.

This is from CTV.

UN document details allegations against Abdelrazik
Updated Tue. Jun. 23 2009 8:36 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian man living in exile in Sudan who the government has been told to return home, is a member of a Montreal terrorist cell and has close ties to senior al Qaeda leadership, a new United Nations Security Council document alleges.
In the document posted Monday on the UN Security Council terrorist blacklist website, it's asserted that Abdelrazik trained at an al Qaeda camp and has provided administrative and logistical support to the terrorist network.
"[Abdelrazik] was a member of a cell in Montreal, Canada, whose members met in al Qaeda's Khalden training camp in Afghanistan," the document alleges.
It adds that Abdelrazik recruited and advised new operatives headed for paramilitary training at Khalden, and that he had told at least one individual that he was "personally acquainted with Osama bin Laden."
None of the allegations are new and echo those that the U.S. has levelled against Abdelrazik since 2006, when it added him to the UN Security Council's 1267 terrorist blacklist.
Like previous allegations, none of the ones detailed in the short document contain specifics or cite sources for the information.
Abdelrazik, 47, has denied any involvement in extremism or any association with al Qaeda.
The document's publication comes only days after a federal court ordered that Abdelrazik be allowed to return to Canada. Federal Court Justice Russel Zinn said Abdelrazik's constitutional rights had been breached by Ottawa's refusal to allow him to return home.
Zinn's June 4 ruling called for to be repatriated within 30 days. The government says it will not appeal the ruling but it remains unclear when Abdelrazik will return.
Yavar Hameed, Abdelrazik's lawyer in Canada, said the timing of the posting of the UN document was suspicious.
"It's highly irregular and I don't believe it is coincidental that the UN posted this one on the eve of Mr. Abdelrazik's return," The Globe and Mail reports Hameed saying.
"It smacks of smear by association; if there was anything criminal or substantive in terms of terrorist activity then I think our security services or those of the United States would have launched a prosecution."
Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen with family in Montreal, has been in forced exile in Sudan since 2003, after he went to visit his ailing mother. He was arrested by Sudanese officials there because of allegations he had ties to bin Laden.
No evidence supporting those allegations ever materialized and Abdelrazik was released without charge. But by then, Abdelrazik's passport had expired.
Although both CSIS and the RCMP have formally confirmed they have no reason to support his continued UN listing as an al Qaeda member, the Canadian government continued to refuse him a new passport so he could return.
Abdelrazik has been living in the lobby of the Canadian embassy in Khartoum for the better part of the past year as his case made its way through Canadian courts.

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