Jonathan Strong, of The Strong Conservative, is on the case of Maher Arar, who portrayed himself an innocent victim of an over—zealous intelligence investigation by the FBI, CIA, CSIS, and RCMP, a charge eagerly trumpeted by the Canadian and American media. Arar is a Syrian—Canadian who was held after 9—11 and deported to Syria for interrogation after it was discovered he had ties to terrorists by the RCMP and FBI. Arar was later returned to Canada and alleged he was tortured and had no ties whatsoever to any terrorists. The FBI and RCMP were blamed for being over zealous and accused of profiling Arar.
However, as TSC points out,
new evidence shows that Mr. Arar has some serious explaining to do.
In the documents Mr. Khadr said his father, an al—Qaeda leader who was killed in Pakistan, once bought radio equipment from Ottawa engineer Abdullah Almalki, who would go on to become a major target of an RCMP investigation.
Mr. Almalki was one of three Canadians including Maher Arar, who were detained in Syria after the RCMP launched a probe in connection with the sales of the radio equipment.
The RCMP investigation known as Project A/O Canada, was faulted last month by a federal inquiry for a series of missteps that may have contributed to overseas jailing and torture of Mr. Arar. He became a figure of interest to the RCMP only after he was spotted talking to Mr. Almalki.[emphasis added](source)
There do seem to be some people like Sami Al—Arian, the former university professor in Florida, who claim profiling and harrassment, but turn out to have terror ties.
Update: Reader Ed Manlove sends a link to a website reiterating Ara's innocence.