note: this is a rough draft post; I still can't find a copy online of Justice O'Connor's report. But I chose to drop a copy of this post here regardless because I don't see the story of Maher Arar covered on this forum yet, and I know it will be of great interest to the good people here. While this latest chapter in the story of rendition is contemporary, rendition itself, unforutnately, is nothing new. -GR
Extraordinary Rendition - The Future of America
is supposed to have some detailed material on rendition -- the abduction of people off the street by the CIA for interrogation and torture overseas, beyond the domain of the Bill of Rights. Includes material on the case of Maher Arar.
Quicktime stream of local public radio interview with the Goodmans -- only available for the next 30 days.
Maher Arar - NPR coverage
Court Report Slams U.S., Canada on False Suspect
All Things Considered
, September 20, 2006 · Maher Arar is a Syrian-born Canadian computer engineer who was falsely accused of having terrorist ties. Canadian investigators deported him to the United States in 2002, where he was arrested at JFK Airport.
He was then sent to Syria for a year, where, according to a report released by a Canadian judge Tuesday, he was tortured.
The report, which exonerates Arar of any wrongdoing, sharply criticizes both American and Canadian authorities for his mistreatment. Melissa Block talks with Arar.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=6111983
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=6103594
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=6102261
The Canadian Report Clearing Mr. Arar. [?due for wide release Monday 9/25?]
RCMP bracing for Arar report
4 Human Rights Watch Report To The Canadian Commission Of Inquiry Into The Actions Of Canadian Officials In Relation To Maher Arar
5 Project Threadbare
[scroll down a bit to see most recent Arar coverage]
6 Project O Canada
"[Garry] Loeppky [Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP] explained that Project O Canada
was a multi-jurisdictional/disciplinary/functional team established shortly after 9/11 to deal with criminal activity related to national security. Loeppky said it is an ongoing investigation, and wasn’t certain he could say where it operates. He confirmed that Project O Canada was created before the INSETs. He also explained that a project called “A” O Canada refers to an investigation in the A Division jurisdiction (Ottawa), while a “C” O Canada refers to Montreal."