The Ottawa Citizen

Re: Don't blame the U.S. for Arar's ordeal, Oct. 23.

By David Jones's admission in his opinion article, the U.S. government held Maher Arar for 12 days without charging him with any crime, itself a suspension of habeas corpus, one of the most fundamental of human rights.

If the information provided by the Canadian government was of significance the U.S. could and should have returned Mr. Arar to Canada. The information came from Canada, Mr. Arar is a Canadian citizen, logically this was what should have been done to permit Mr. Arar to know what he was...

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  • With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.