Why I'm Proud to be Canadian

This week, many things have been happening up north. The most important being ... from the NY Times, Canadian Court Limits Detention in Terror Cases :

Canada's highest court on Friday unanimously struck down a law that allows the Canadian government to detain foreign-born terrorism suspects indefinitely using secret evidence and without charges while their deportations are being reviewed.


The decision is also the latest in a series of events that has seen Canada reconsider some national security steps it took after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Last September, a judicial inquiry rebuked the police for falsely accusing a Syrian-born Canadian, Maher Arar, of terrorist connections. Those accusations, in 2002, led United States officials to fly Mr. Arar to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured. Earlier this year, the Canadian government reached a $9.75 million settlement with Mr. Arar and offered a formal apology. The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police also resigned for reasons related to the affair.

So here is another example of how I wish America would examine domestic and international issues and learn from their northern neighbours.

The decision reflected striking differences from the current legal climate in the United States. In the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Congress stripped the federal courts of authority to hear challenges, through petitions for writs of habeas corpus, to the open-ended confinement of foreign terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

A federal appeals court in Washington upheld the constitutionality of that law this week, dismissing 13 cases brought on behalf of 63 Guantánamo detainees. Their lawyers said they would file an appeal with the Supreme Court. In two earlier decisions, the justices ruled in favor of Guantánamo detainees on statutory grounds but did not address the deeper constitutional issues that this case appears to present.

Some other reasons to be proud to be a Canuk:


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While I agree that this ruling is a Good Thing, it should be noted that:

Most of its decision on the security certificate process is suspended for one year, to give the government time to put an alternate procedure in place.

The Charter will be another year older before history will judge our defence of civil liberties more kindly.

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_mann/20070223.html

By Scott Belyea (not verified) on 25 Feb 2007 #permalink

Indeed. In fact a National Post editorial pointed out that the decision actually supported security certificates but only struck down two minor aspects related to release of evidence. The accused still can't themselves see the evidence against them, only their lawyers _if_ they have appropriate top-secret security clearance. Most lawyers don't.

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