Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) annual conference, Ottawa, Ont., October 26 –28, 2006.
This October 28th session analyzes findings from a report released in 2006 by the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar (the Arar Inquiry). Mr. Arar is a Canadian citizen who was detained in the United States and then deported to a Syrian prison by the U.S. government on suspicion of terrorist involvement.
Reg Whitaker (professor and participant in the policy recommendation portion of the Arar Inquiry) focuses on the disclosure of confidential information concerning Maher Arar by national security organizations and the media. Jeff Sallot (Globe and Mail journalist) discusses the use of dubious information sources in press reports about the Arar case. Sheema Khan (founder and former chair of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations) speaks about concerns within the Muslim community due to Mr. Arar’s treatment by the authorities.
After speeches, conference attendees offer their reactions to the commission’s findings. The speakers respond to these comments in their closing remarks.