William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

ARAR’S SECRET BEING KEPT?

Is there a secure American TOPSEC FILE? It appears that it just might be?
Perhaps Stockwell Day was not given all of the T.S. UMBRA files, to see?
We taxpayers paid 10 million Canadian $Ds – was it an appeasement shot in the dark?
He was ten months in prison yet he seems to have no clearly visible scar mark?

Releasing a surreptitious file might cause the US espionage system some harm?
They continue to keep him on the no-fly list because they cannot now sell the whole farm?
Barack Obama’s Government has to keep some in-house secrets, even now, as we speak?
Perhaps there are several valid good reasons in-house and they cannot afford a leak?

They lost the World Trade Centre and then they established a vast global spy fishing net?
And perhaps they have inklings of sensitive things that they cannot release just as yet?
Perhaps Canadian suspect Arar should relax, and enjoy his new found Canadian money?
Would that be too much for taxpayer’s to ask? And can we agree the no-fly list ain’t funny?

Author’s Note: This poem was inspired by a Times Colonist article written by Mike Blanchfield (see below) and the poem continues to ask some of the unanswered hard questions.

ARAR STILL UNWELCOME IN U.S.

Activists decry decision to keep Canadian on U.S. no-fly list

MIKE BLANCHFIELD
Canwest News Service

OTTAWA — Barack Obama’s arrival in the White House won’t change one thing for at least one Canadian — Maher Arar remains banned from the United States.

“Mr. Arar is not welcome in the United States. He’s not admissible,” said the acting U.S. ambassador to Canada, charge d’affairs Terry Breese.

This appears to be the first time the new Obama administration has weighed in on the Arar affair.

Arar, an Ottawa engineer, was detained at New York’s JFK Airport on Sept. 26, 2002, as he waited for a connector flight to Montreal after a vacation in Tunisia. Twelve days later, U.S. officials deported him to Syria, where he was imprisoned for 10 months and tortured. He was released in October 2003.

“Our former public safety minister, Stockwell Day, flew down to the United States, saw the American file on Mr. Arar, came back to Canada and said publicly there was nothing there that he could see that would justify Mr. Arar being on a U.S. no-fly list or any no-fly list,” said Kerry Pither, a human rights activist and author of a book on Arar and three other Canadians detained and tortured overseas.

“Not long after, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on national television issuing an official apology to Mr. Arar. So clearly the United States has nothing on him. If they did they would have produced it by now.”

Human rights lawyer Lorne Waldman agreed, the U.S. “has absolutely no basis for any of these allegations.”

“I was involved in Mr. Arar’s file for many years and over the years we’ve heard many allegations but there’s never been any evidence that would justify this,” Waldman said.