Friday, June 05, 2009

Dear Minister Lawrence Cannon :

I write in support of Abousfian Abdelrazik's constitutionally and internationally unchallengeable right to return to Canada.

I write also as a Canadian citizen whose conscience has been shocked by cascading revelations, in the courts and press of the U.S., the UK, and here at home, of the role played by Western governments, among them my own, in clear and extreme violations of international law, many of those violations rising to the level of war crimes.

Anyone with an internet account can discover in minutes that continuing American claims about Mr Abdelrazik rest on testimony from the Saudi Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah, who was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002, whose torture before and since has been attested to by the ICRC and the FBI. The most credible FBI witnesses have also testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to their doubts about Abu Zubaydah's status with regard to al-Qaeda and about his mental capacity, even before he was tortured.

The UN Security Council's 1267 Committee have said that Mr Abdelrazik is free to fly home to Canada. We know that the only testimony against him is historically, tragically tainted.

I often wonder whether members of my own government or of the departments and agencies that act in the name of the sovereign citizens of Canada, all of us represented by our queen, and thus all of us more permanent than you, superior to you, have noticed the water rising about the ankles of American public servants, former and current, who seem to have grown up ignorant of the jurisprudence we inherited from Nuremberg 1945-46. Rationalizing war crimes itself becomes a crime, and I doubt that Canadians in time to come will judge anyone who committed such crimes in our name in kindly fashion.

Mr Abdelrazik has a paid airline reservation to return to Canada on 12 June, and an appointment with the Hon. Mr Justice Zinn on 7 July. I appeal to you to respect both Canadian and international law, and to end the bizarre melodrama of my government's inexplicably duplicitous dealings with another Canadian citizen.

Please just stand aside, and allow Mr Abdelrazik to fly home.

Yours sincerely,
Skdadl at POGGE
A superb letter, isn't it?

Send yours to :

Lawrence Cannon
Telephone: (613) 992-5516.. Fax: (613) 992-6802

because you can bet the Cons will mount some fetid embarrassing appeal of Justice Zinn's decision on the grounds that you don't give a shit what happens to other Canadian citizens.

First they came for some brown guy based on evidence obtained by waterboarding a schizophrenic half-wit 83 times, but I did not speak out because ...


Oemissions said...

Letter sent this am
to the Hon. L (for Loose) Cannon.

Chris said...

I sent another letter to John Weston, and have not yet heard back from him on my original letter in March. Ironically he had an ad in the local paper saying "Action for Bowen Island" but he doesn't even respond to emails and phone calls.

I donl;t think the Conservatives care what people think about them at all. They aren't even the worst kind of sellout political sluts. They're just purely selective about who they listen too and authoritarian in their application of policy and opinion.

Abdelrazik is the very thin edge of the wedge. These fools must not be allowed to govern anymore.

Caelie said...

Have just sent the 3rd letter I've written to Cannon & Harper, cc'd to other party leaders. I did receive a reply from Cannon to one letter - a very unsatisfactory, mass-milled type of response saying basically that (deepen voice here)"his gov/t sees Abdelrazik as a security risk." (of course no explanation as to why!!) AND "he couldn't comment further b/c the case was under litigation". That "litigation" was the Ont. Supreme Court case, which - hah! - has had another judgment (2nd time!) handed down to say Bring him home! This is so scary, because, exactly as Allison says, "they came for XXX, .....And then they came for me." I don't understand how so few Canadians seem to "get" this? Which is, I guess, not much different from any country where authoritarians have taken over insidiously. Thanks, again, Allison, for an excellent post!!

Alison said...

Caelie : I suspect we all got that same response from Cannon and I wonder if that "litigation" mentioned refers to their option to appeal Zinn's decision.

Chris : Scary, isn't it? And none of the ops want to risk an election yet. Would probably only give same result anyway.

O : Keep up the good work! We should probably also be cc-ing supportive MPs like Dewar.

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