Maher Arar came to public attention after he was rendered by American authorities to Syria, his native country. While imprisoned there he was subjected to torture and other degrading and inhumane treatment. He was eventually released and a public inquiry was called in Canada which cleared his name. Maher is a passionate advocate of human rights and is a frequent speaker at national security related events. He recently founded Prism (www.prism-magazine.com), an online not-for-profit magazine that focuses on the in-depth coverage and analysis of national security related issues.