Here's what happens when you forget about the rule of law:
A government commission on Monday exonerated a Canadian computer engineer of any ties to terrorism and issued a scathing report that faulted Canada and the United States for his deportation four years ago to Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured.
Innocent people, captured and sent off to prisons for months where they are held and beaten.
This is why we supposedly have laws: to give people a chance to prove their innocence.
In a free society, governments role in MUST be limited to investigation and prosecution of VIOLATIONS of the law. What right does ANY group of people have (let alone the government that exists to PROTECT our righinvestigatingting someone who has committed no crime.
The commission found that Mr. Arar first came to police attention on Oct. 12, 2001, when he met with Abdullah Almalki, a man already under surveillance by a newly established Mounted Police intelligence unit known as Project A-O Canada. Mr. Arar has said in interviews that the meeting at MangoÂs Cafe in Ottawa, and a subsequent 20-minute conversation outside the restaurant, was mostly about finding inexpensive ink jet printer cartridges.
The meeting set off a chain of actions by the police.
Investigators obtained a copy of Mr. ArarÂs rental lease. After finding Mr. Almalki listed as an emergency contact, they stepped up their investigation of Mr. Arar.
At the end of that month, the police asked customs officials to include Mr. Arar and his wife on a Âterrorist lookoutÂ list, which would subject them to more intensive question when re-entering Canada.
The government -- this administration -- is more interested in demonstrating that they are tough on "terrorists" than in upholding the law -- so innocent people pay the price.
These criminals must go... not the terrorists, but the criminals in Washington.