Thursday, May 15, 2008

Due process demanded for one Khadr, not another

Well, it seems I have somewhat of a friend in the Privy Council Office (see below). Hope you enjoyed the post this morning, pal, you guys might want to get on that $20 billion oversight in the military budget.

Or perhaps you should pick up where the previous government left off and get things right with Omar Khadr. As reported in the Globe today, with respect to Abdullah Khadr, Omar's older brother, the following standards were argued by federal government officials in 2005:
Canada's acting deputy assistant attorney-general wrote to his U.S. counterpart on Aug. 25, 2005. "As a Canadian citizen, Mr. Khadr has a constitutional right to return to Canada," reads the once "protected" note now filed in a Toronto court. "... Should the United States continue with the proposed removal [from Pakistan], Canada would therefore expect that it be done in accordance with due process of the law."

Clare Barry of the Federal Prosecution Service continued by writing: "Canada would expect that, once in the United States, due process will continue to apply to Mr. Khadr and that he will be judged by a civilian tribunal with the full benefit of all U.S. constitutional safeguards." (emphasis added)
Now why has the Conservative government not sought a similar standard to apply with respect to Omar Khadr? It's been a very disturbing departure for us on the international scene from our traditional rule of law posture.