Canadian Police Errors Led to Mans Torture, Inquiry Finds

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police wrongly identified an Ottawa software engineer as an Islamic extremist, prompting U.S. agents to deport him to Syria, where he was tortured, an official inquiry concluded on Monday.

Maher Arar, who holds Canadian and Syrian nationality, was arrested in New York in September 2002 and accused of being an al-Qaeda member. In fact, said the judge who led the probe, all the signs point to the fact Arar was innocent.

Arar, 36, says he was repeatedly tortured in the year he spent in Damascus jails, and the inquiry agreed that he had been tortured. He was freed in 2003.

Judge Dennis O'Connor, who was asked by the Canadian government in 2004 to examine what had happened, found the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had wrongly told U.S. authorities that Arar was an Islamic extremist.

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.''

Civil rights advocates said the case of Arar and three other Canadians who ended up in Syrian jails raised suspicions that Canada might be outsourcing interrogation to nations where torture was commonplace.

O'Connor found that police made a number of serious mistakes in the Arar case.

The unit probing possible terror networks was poorly supervised and was comprised largely of financial fraud experts, who had little experience of national security cases.

Police gave all the files from their probe to the United States without screening the data for inaccuracies or following internal rules that limited what they could hand over.

``It was a breathtakingly incompetent investigation ... a disaster,'' said Marlys Edwardh, a lawyer for Arar.

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Ahhhh yes, this would be the same Syria that isn't co-operating with the US on TW@T isn't it? The same Syria that Israel hysterically accuses of supporting Islamic extremism when in fact she's busy nailing extermists to the nearest wall (literally)

Potential Jihadists for the war in Iraq have been instructed for some considerable time now that they can only trust designated handlers, and it is not safe in Syria to start spouting that you're looking to kill a few unbelievers as it's a one way trip to Syrian chokey and no mistake.
With reference to the thread on torture, would anyone now argue that the torture camps and renditions are viable

'Canadian Police Errors Led to Man's Torture'?

Gimme a freakin' break!

The headline should read 'Bush's Psychotic Gang of Neo-con Chicken Hawks Being Voted into Power Led to Man's Torture'!


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