June 15, 2006

June 15, 2006: Harris, Morden, Khadr, Gelati & Friendly Activists

David Harris

See if it is online. I'm late with posting this.

Security Certificates June 14, 06, G&M

[....] National security expert David Harris will be online for an hour-long live discussion Thursday on the controversial security certificates.

Join the Conversation at 1 p.m. EDT or leave a question or comment in advance. They will appear below, along with Mr. Harris's replies, when the live discussion begins.

David Harris is a the senior fellow for national security policy at the Canadian Coalition for Democracies. He is a lawyer with an extensive background in criminal and national security issues. Mr. Harris is the former chief of strategic planning for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and is currently the Director of the International and Terrorist Intelligence Program at INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc., a counterterrorism, national security and international risk-analysis consulting group.

Editor's Note: globeandmail.com editors will read and allow or reject each question/comment. [....]

Now, if this is like a CBC townhall or forum ... is it rigged to veer left? Liberal? Not accusing, of course ... just asking. Try to find a copy of Reid Morden's article which is behind a $ firewall, even if you have already bought the paper.

Reid Morden

The security certificate is an acceptable tool Reid Morden, Wednesday, June 14, 2006, Page A20 -- A must read article.

Indefinite detention! Secret hearings! No charges! What on Earth is that nice Canada up to with its security-certificate law for foreign terrorist suspects, the critics ask.

The law is, like most compromises, imperfect. But it is the imperfect compromise of a rights-respecting, immigrant-respecting society when faced with dangerous newcomers who fight deportation tooth and nail. [....]

A Motley Crew: Khadr, Gelati and "Friendly Activists"

Making martyrs out of molehills National Post, June 14, 2006


[....] Among them was Karim Khadr, a wheelchair-bound 17-year-old whose father was a senior al-Qaeda boss until Pakistani troops gunned him down in 2003. Mr. Khadr -- injured in the same gun battle -- was seated near the front and was reportedly greeted as a quasi-celebrity.

Even more unseemly was what went on outside the courthouse, where lawyers for the accused complained that their clients were being subjected to "cruel and unusual punishment." Front-and-centre was Rocco Galati, who is on record claiming Canadian anti-terror laws are "totalitarian" and that our security establishment "engages in racial institutional apartheid," and who once compared security officials in the war on terror to the Third Reich.

[....] That these young men are pulling out all the stops is to be expected: These are criminal defendants facing serious charges, and they are legally entitled to zealous advocacy on their behalf. But what is disappointing is that there is an audience eager to seize upon their complaints. It seems only a matter of time before other publicity hounds -- the James Loneys and Alexandre Trudeaus of this world -- hop aboard the parade. [....]


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