This “terrorist” stuff smells bad

The Harper is starting to irk me again. After reading a portion of the Harper's statement to the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

The 17 men who allegedly planned to bomb targets in southern Ontario are symbols of hatred seeking to tear apart Canada's "diverse and democratic society," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

"Let us never forget that such people today, as in the past, may make use of the symbols of a culture or a faith, but they speak for neither," Mr. Harper told the chamber's annual awards ceremony on Saturday night. "They represent nothing but hatred."

and after reading what Doris said

Terror suspects who want to avoid jail should quit Canada, says Day

Jim Brown, Canadian Press
Published: Monday, June 12, 2006

OTTAWA (CP) – Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says there's an easy way for foreign-born terror suspects to avoid spending years in jail in Canada- just agree to go back where they came from.

In a spirited defence of federal deportation policy, Day insisted Monday that Ottawa would be happy if anyone deemed a security threat would leave the country voluntarily.

"If they say no and they want to stay, they can start an appeal process that usually takes a few years," Day said outside the Commons.

"We can't allow a person who has been deemed a significant security threat to be free. So they are put in detention just while the appeal process runs its course. At any time they can leave, walk out, and return to their country of origin."

Critics say voluntary departure isn't a realistic option for people who have often fled to Canada precisely because they feared torture in their homelands because of their political beliefs.

and what a former CSIS agent has said

The Hill Times, June 12th, 2006
NEWS STORY
By Kate Malloy and F. Abbas Rana

Tory, Grit MPs say hands off immigration and multi-culturalism

But one former CSIS intelligence officer suspects 17 high-profile arrests were politically motivated and questions the timing.

[…]

Meanwhile, one former CSIS intelligence officer, who did not want to be identified, told The Hill Times last week that the arrests could have been done earlier instead of getting CSIS to watch them for the last two years and "nurture a training ground."

The former CSIS intelligence officer, who said it's likely the Prime Minister was briefed on this issue on the day he took office last January, said he thinks the arrests are part of an overall bigger agenda that CSIS has to demonstrate Canada's cooperation with the U.S. and the U.K. in the so-called war on terror.

"Why wait until now? The Supreme Court is going to hear the certificate process. The service is battling the Arar situation where they're being told, 'What's secret information? Where are you getting it?' I used to work there and we used to do the media spin to make ourselves look good. So why wouldn't that be a part of it? Why now when they've been on them for two years, oh yeah, apparently they bought the stuff [ammonium nitrate]. Apparently they knew so long in advance they were going to buy the stuff, the stuff was replaced with fake stuff, there wasn't even a threat. I'm not saying that these people didn't have the intent. All I'm saying is why are we putting so much resources and watching people when they should have been picked up a long time ago.

and this

Lawyers blast media ban in Canada terrorism case

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:18pm ET14

By Natalie Armstrong and Rachelle Younglai

BRAMPTON, Ontario (Reuters) – A publication ban on the court hearings of 17 men accused of planning al Qaeda-inspired attacks in Ontario is just another example that the men stand no chance of a fair trial, some defense lawyers said on Monday.

Lawyers said prosecutors asked for the ban only after the government had more than a week to publicly portray the Muslim men as terrorists who plotted to detonate massive bombs in Ottawa and Toronto and — according to the defense — behead the prime minister.

"They want to close the restaurant after they've had a banquet," lawyer Rocco Galati told reporters said outside the courthouse in Brampton, a Toronto suburb.

"After they've had 10 days with the media, feeding the media with whatever they want to feed the media … they now have the audacity to request a publication ban of all proceedings from today's date."

Publication bans, which are often requested by the defense to protect the right to an unbiased jury, prohibit the media from reporting evidence presented in court hearings before the formal trial begins.

my conviction that there is something really smelly going on has strengthened. Why is a Prime Minister, of all people in the country, speaking as though the alleged terrorists are indeed terrorists? Surely when something like this is before the courts, the PM should not speak publicly about it. I mean, talk about prejudicing a jury! What he's modelling is absolutely dangerous for this country! Is he so eager for his majority that he can't hold back? Or is this calculated to get him that majority he so desperately wants. May it never come to fruition!

With thanks to Big City Lib and goyanamasu at the EnMasse forum for the leads.

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