Here is last night’s Global National story on Maher Arar, which reveals a couple of interesting new insights:
- Jordan – where Arar landed on his way to Syria after being deported from the United States – says he arrived not via US rendition plane, but by Jordan’s own luxury commercial jetliner; that they did not take him into custody; and that he could have chosen to go anywhere in the world from Amman (like Canada), but instead chose to be driven to Syria.
- Vermont’s leftist Senator Patrick Leahy was shown to be a lot less sure of US malfeasance upon emerging from his Arar-case security briefing in Washington yesterday. Instead of his usual firebranding, he simply said “there are still questions that we want to ask.”
Just to be clear: I have nothing against Maher Arar, and wish him well if he truly hasn’t had anything to do with radical Jihadism. However, he opened himself up to the widest degree of scrutiny by waging a not-so-subtle campaign of discrediting America and the war against Islamic terror. So, whether or not the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a trustworthy source, the fact remains: Maher Arar was only one-degree-of-separation away from Ahmed Said Khadr, and questions remain about exactly what happened when he was deported from the USA.