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The government of Canada failed to come to the aid of Maher Arar in the circumstance of his deportation. Firstly why did the United States government do this, then after the situation worsened why Canada didn’t intervene when we should have, and lastly what were the many consequences that arose from our collective lack of action.

Maher Arar is a Syrian born Canadian citizen, he moved to Canada with his family at the age of 17. He earned a master’s degree from McGill University and worked for two high tech firms in Ottawa. In 2002 while on a flight home from Zurich, he was stopped and pulled aside for questioning at JFK airport in New York. After this he was interrogated intensely for three days by the United States government, about possible links to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, he denies all of these allegations and continued to request a lawyer these requests were all denied because he was not an American citizen. Eventually Arar was asked to sign forms without the ability to read them and no legal counsel he signed the forms indicating that he would like to return to Canada. They asked him why he had originally fled Syria, he answerd honestly that he had left to avoid mandatory military service. They continue to say that he will not be returned to Canada and that he will most likely be returned to Syria because he also has citizenship there. the Syrians are known for their torture of prisoners and their willingness to interrogate prisoners from other countries. He was eventually allowed a two minute call which he used to call his wife and tell her to get him help. After this he was flown to New Jersey then to Amman Jordan, from there he was driven to the Syrian border. While in Syria he was beaten and tortured into giving false confessions of his involvement with al-Qaeda. He was kept in a cell the size of a coffin for just under a year while he was…...

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