Peace, order and good government, eh?: Abdelrazik’s still looking for answers

Abousfian Abdelrazik has decided that if the Canadian government refuses to disclose information about its actions, he’ll have to ask someone else. Like Sudan. A Montreal man who believes Canada’s spy agency had a hand in keeping him behind bars in Khartoum is pressing the Sudanese government for documentation about his case. Abousfian Abdelrazik, flanked ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Is Chair of SIRC an honorary position too?

Chuck Strahl’s name finally popped up! Five months ago he was named as the new head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the agency that’s supposed to hold CSIS to account. At the time I set up a Google news alert on his name and waited for the hits to roll in. Yesterday I was ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Abdelrazik to be removed from UN blacklist

Althia Raj at the Huffington Post is reporting that Abousfian Abdelrazik’s application to be removed from the UN’s “1267” blacklist has been successful. He’ll now be allowed to have bank accounts, jobs and credit card debt just like the rest of us. And theoretically he’ll be allowed to get on a plane and fly to ...

Everybody loves a SIRCus

> In response to media reports that CSIS had been complicit in the detention of Canadian citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik in Sudan, outgoing CSIS director Jim Judd requested that CSIS watchdog and review panel, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, “investigate and report on the performance of the Service’s [CSIS’s] duties and functions with respect to the ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: We’ll get right back to you on that

July 29, 2009 The role played by CSIS – Canada’s secretive anti-terrorist agency – in the arrest, imprisonment and alleged torture of Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Canadian citizen forcibly exiled in Sudan for years, will be probed by the Security Intelligence Review Committee. … SIRC rejected the agency’s request for a quick, exculpatory review of its ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: On Abdelrazik, CSIS and Transport Canada

Since posting on Friday to draw attention to Paul Koring’s latest article on Abousfian Abdelrazik, I’ve had a chance to review some of the previous reports and I noticed something that may just be a coincidence. Or it may not. Recall the main point of the story: that CSIS wanted to keep Abdelrazik in Sudan, ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: We’re going to need another inquiry

I’d like to come back to this story when I have more time but it deserves wider attention immediately. Paul Koring at the Globe and Mail has continued to work the story of Abousfian Abdelrazik and has an explosive story that went up on the Globe’s site last night. The gist of it is that ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Let the record show

It was a bit less than two years ago that government lawyers, on behalf of CSIS, spiked their own evidence in the matter of the Security Certificate on Adil Charkaoui rather than comply with court-ordered disclosure. To quote Colin Freeze at the Globe and Mail on the federal officials involved: … they now hold Mr. ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Has the leak investigation been announced?

I’ve seen a number of media stories since yesterday about the CSIS documents that were leaked to La Presse and supposedly reveal that Abousfian Abdelrazik and Adil Charkaoui once plotted to blow up a plane. Oddly, none of those stories seem to report any concern from any government official at the unauthorized release of this ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: In which Angry McPointy passes the buck

Early in June it was reported that Abousfian Abdelrazik’s application for child-assistance benefits had been denied by the Quebec government because his name still appears on the UN’s 1267 terror watchlist. At the time I wondered if John Baird, freshly minted minister of foreign affairs, might get involved because the province suggested it would honour ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging John Baird

Abdelrazik can’t get child benefits while on terror list The Quebec government has told a Montreal man that he cannot receive child-assistance benefits because his name appears on a United Nations terror watchlist. It’s the latest in an ongoing saga for Abousfian Abdelrazik, who spent six years in forced exile in Sudan including time in ...