Canadian Foreign Minister's remarks and my response in the Toronto Star
A Canadian accused of working for the Al Qaeda was recently whisked
away from the Sultante of Oman by Canada's secret service, CSIS.
After being broought to Canada, CSIS arranged to have him cross the
US border in questionable circumstances into the arsm of the FBI.
Yesterday the Canadian Foriegn Minister told the press he was 'fully
satisfied' with the actions of the CSIS. Today's Toronto Star carries
my response to the Foreign Minister's remarks.
Here is the piece for your interest. The Foriegn Minister's remarks
are at the bottom of this e-mail.
Graham's remarks insult Canada
Re Graham `fully satisfied' with Jabarah case, Aug. 7.
I am amused that Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham has the
audacity to claim he is "fully satisfied" at the imprisonment without
trial of a fellow Canadian by the U.S. government and that this
internment meets his standards.
Come, come, Mr. Foreign Affairs Minister.
We all know your hands are tied in this matter, but please don't
sprinkle salt on our wounds by putting on a pretence of bravado and
Mohamed Mansour Jabarah may very well be guilty of the charges
against him and I would be more than delighted to have him tried and
convicted for his alleged links to terrorism. But the charges have to
be laid and the case against him must be made in a Canadian court,
not an American one.
Graham claims that the arrested Canadian does not wish to have
Canadian consular help and goes on to say, "Of course, I'm taking
their (America's) word for it."
I am sorry, but many of us have had bitter experiences relying on
America's word. Few people around the globe would bet a penny on our
Why not have a Canadian consular official visit Jabarah with his
lawyer and find out first-hand what is happening to him behind closed
Mr. Foreign Affairs Minister, be brave and acknowledge your
diplomatic impotency, but please don't insult our intelligence by
suggesting you are "fully satisfied."
I know you are not.
Graham `fully satisfied' with Jabarah case
By Allan Thompson
The Toronto Star
OTTAWA Mohamed Mansour Jabarah, the Canadian citizen being
questioned in the U.S. for possible terrorism links, has a lawyer and
does not want consular help from the Canadian government right now,
Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said yesterday.
And Graham said he's "fully satisfied" that Jabarah's case was
properly handled by Canada's spy agency, the Canadian Security
"I'm now fully satisfied that he has proper legal counsel and that he
went to the United States voluntarily," Graham said last night from
Jabarah, 20, a Kuwait-born Canadian citizen, is suspected of links to
Al Qaeda and a plot to bomb Israeli and U.S. embassies in Singapore.
He is reportedly being questioned at a military base in Brooklyn.
Graham saidOttawa had received a reply to a diplomatic note asking
the U.S. state department to find out whether Jabarah wanted
assistance from Canadian embassy staff in Washington, or from the
consulate in New York.
The reply noted Jabarah said he didn't need Canada's assistance right
now, was satisfied with his U.S. lawyer, and had been able to contact
"Of course, I'm taking their word for it," Graham said.
When Jabarah's case burst into the news last week, officials in the
foreign affairs department seemed displeased CSIS would not help them
make contact with Jabarah.
Since then, civil libertarians and the Canadian Arab Federation have
waded into the debate, demanding to know how Jabarah was whisked
first from Oman to Canada, then into the U.S. for questioning by the
FBI, without access to legal advice or any evidence of due process.
CSIS apparently brought Jabarah to Canada from Oman in May, then
persuaded him to voluntarily cross the border at Niagara Falls for
further questioning by U.S. authorities.
Jabarah's father, who has been allowed to speak with his son by
phone, says his son told him he never had access to a lawyer in
Canada, was misled by Canada's spy agency and only crossed the border
willingly because he was told he would be questioned for "a few
days," then return to his family in St. Catharines.