A decade ago the Arar Inquiry started, and light was about to be shed on some of the darkest chapters of Canadian history. What has really changed since then and what has remained the same?
war on terror
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the U.S. as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died.
Stephen Harper insisted last week that we will not be intimidated by terrorism. He then did everything he could to ensure we will be intimidated by terrorism.
The never-ending war on terror launched by an American president has inspired the Conservatives and their supporters. That way lies fear as the source of public policy decisions.
So, Harper -- with his majority government -- has finally dragged Canada into the Iraq war we missed out on in 2003.
The head of CSIS and the RCMP have all the home grown ISIS sympathizers under surveillance. Nice to let them know, eh!
The War on Terror is never-ending. But is it really about a war on ISIL or their barbaric methods or a recapture of what is left of the Middle East after two disastrous wars?
The new war in Iraq isn't really a war on ISIL or their barbaric methods. It's the third part of an ongoing War on Terror, to recapture what is left of the Middle East after two disastrous wars.
Post-9/11 in the U.S., certain groups, governments and corporations benefited from maintaining a high level of fear among the population. Today, is the same thing happening in Tunisia?
Over the past 13 years, the War on Terror has been one of linguistic and legal contortions that allow the state to fortify itself with increasing policing and surveillance powers.