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October 15, 2004
Terrorist: Canada Unfair

So much for the rough, tough terrorist facade ... The Boston Globe reports that a captured terrorist complains that the Canadians tricked him into going to the US, where he's been held since 2002 after admitting to attempting to kill US citizens abroad:

Mohammed Jabarah, identified as a member of Al Qaeda by police in Singapore, Canada, and the United States, was arrested in Oman in March 2002 and deported to Canada.

After four days of interrogation by agents of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Jabarah was transferred to the United States in April 2002 and is still in custody.

Alan Borovoy, general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, has written to Public Security Minister Anne McLellan to urge an investigation into whether Jabarah had been misled by the intelligence service. ... Jabarah's father, Mansour, told the Canadian news program his son was convinced that the intelligence service had betrayed him in April 2002.

"Mohammed told me that 'CSIS tricked me to go over to the United States.' . . .He told me 'They made me sign a small paper to go, and I did not know what [was] on it,' " he said. Mansour said his son said CSIS had promised him he would be back in Canada within a matter of hours.

"The government of Canada, and especially the CSIS people, they misguided my son. . . . To put him [on] a golden plate and give him to another country -- it's not right."

Yeah, well, allow me to pause while I wipe the tears of injustice from my eyes. No, wait -- those are the tears of laughter. I reserve my tears of injustice for the victims of animals like Jabarah, not their murderers.

Why would the Canadian equivalent of our ACLU want to launch itself into this case, where the terrorist in question has already admitted to trying to kill people and who was stupid enough to sign off on his own extradition? Isn't the point of the war on terror to capture or kill people like Jabarah? This is what comes from a law-enforcement mentality in dealing with terrorism; the very forces that should be protecting us instead devise ways to set people like Jabarah loose on the world.

If the Canadians tricked this effluvium into willingly going into US custody, then I salute the Canadians rather than question their interest in Jabarah's well-being. There are no slippery-slope arguments here, because this isn't a criminal investigation. It's war. The CLCA, ACLU, and a lot of other people need to peer down into the remains of Ground Zero and remember that. Instead of critizing the Canadians for taking advantage of Jabarah's idiocy, we should all be grateful that one more terrorist has been removed from the battlefield.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 15, 2004 6:07 AM

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