Bravo to Vic Toews’ boldness
By: Ezra Levant
Vic Toews, Canada’s public safety minister, wrote to Leon Panetta, the U.S. secretary of defence, Thursday telling him that before Canada decides whether or not to allow Omar Khadr, the al-Qaida terrorist, to transfer here from the Pentagon’s prison at Guantanamo Bay, the Canadian government needs to see the videotapes of Khadr’s psychiatric interviews.
This is important for three reasons.
First, it’s shocking that the U.S. government has withheld this critical information about Khadr’s dangerousness from Canada, despite wanting to pawn off this murderer from their jail onto our streets.
Second, it’s an encouraging sign that Toews will not be railroaded into taking Khadr by the left-wing media-legal industrial complex in Canada, which has all concluded the celebrity terrorist is a hero, and we Canadians are the evil ones.
Rather than making a political decision, Toews is applying the law — which requires him to assess the dangerousness of Khadr before allowing him in.
Third, it’s a diplomatic incident. Two years ago, U.S. President Barack Obama pressured Canada into agreeing to take Khadr, even though Khadr murdered a U.S. army medic, and was tried in a U.S. court.
For the Canadian government to now request this information is a rebuke to the U.S., indicating that we know they withheld information from us — and we’re not going to pretend they didn’t.
That takes boldness — and surely required the approval of the prime minister.
The videotapes of Khadr will surely be fascinating — Dr. Michael Welner, America’s leading forensic psychiatrist, spent hundreds of hours researching everything about Khadr, and then talked with him, on camera, for eight hours.
Aren’t you curious to see that? Before we dump that murderer back on our streets?
Another leading expert, a psychologist named Alan Hopewell, also interviewed Khadr on tape.
Determining whether or not Khadr is dangerous isn’t optional. It’s required by the International Transfer of Offenders Act. Section 10(1) of the law gives Toews a checklist, including whether:
( a ) … the offender’s return to Canada will constitute a threat to the security of Canada;
( b ) … the offender’s return to Canada will endanger public safety;
( c ) … the offender is likely to continue to engage in criminal activity after the transfer;
( d ) … the offender left or remained outside Canada with the intention of abandoning Canada as their place of permanent residence;
( e ) whether, in the Minister’s opinion, the foreign entity or its prison system presents a serious threat to the offender’s security or human rights;
( f ) …the offender has social or family ties in Canada;
( g ) …the offender has refused to participate in a rehabilitation or reintegration program;
( h ) …the offender has accepted responsibility for the offence for which they have been convicted, including by acknowledging the harm done to victims and to the community.
And section 10(2)(a) checks if “…the offender will, after the transfer, commit a terrorism offence or criminal organization offence.”
Khadr doesn’t just trip one or two of these wires. He is covered by all of them.
He is exceedingly dangerous. He is more jihadist than ever — even refusing to meet with liberal Muslim chaplains sent to him at Guantanamo Bay. He has refused to acknowledge that what he did was wrong, or that his father’s terrorism before him was wrong. He has a Rolodex of hundreds of fellow terrorists who have been his friends for 10 years — 600 of whom have been released, many of whom are back committing terrorism.
He has no ties to Canada other than his sister and mother in Toronto who are unrepentant supporters of al-Qaida, who are egging him on, encouraging him to continue as a terrorist, to pick up where his dad left off.
If Omar Khadr isn’t kept out by this list of warning factors, then no criminal can ever be kept out, because there will never be another prisoner who is more in violation of these rules than Khadr is.
Bravo to Vic Toews for standing up to Omar Khadr — and Khadr’s fifth column in our Canadian society.
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