The difficulty of due process in the age of counterterrorism

“…In Canadian counterterrorism circles, there is a problem known as “intelligence-to-evidence.”

Government authorities often have a lot of information they do not want to expose in court. The Crown may have to abandon the case if a judge might oblige security agencies to disclose sensitive spying methods, such as a wiretap technique, an informant’s identity, or a foreign partner’s top secret file.

Nowhere in Canada has this been better represented than in the case of Adil Charkaoui…

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service had recommended he be kicked out as a top-level threat. He denied the accusation, but the CSIS dossier included allegations he likely attended an Afghan training camp and that significant terrorist figures jailed and interrogated in Morocco, Guantanamo Bay, and the United States recognized him. CSIS reports leaked to the media alleged he had been overheard talking about attacking passenger jets.

Yet, none of this could be called evidence…



And now this clown is a citizen…

  • WalterBannon

    We need to BAN ISLAM. Make membership in this terrorist cult a criminal offense.

    The only evidence needed to deport a muslim is that they are a muslim.

    • Well, that will never work, the NDP and Liberal Party count on Muslim votes.

      • mobuyus

        I am starting to believe liberals and NDP are Islamic.

        • Cheryl

          I have to agree.

  • cmh

    Canada is full of these clowns masquerading as people. There is one single reason that they are able to remain here and it is called the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This ‘Charter’ (which is an unnecessary provision of the 1982 Canadian Constitution) has been steadily eroding the rights of politicians to act out the wishes of their constituents since its adoption. True democracies run on the will of the people, not on the will of an unelected supreme court’s interpretation of what THEY think our country should be.

  • Xavier

    Self-defense option.

  • Richard1ne

    There’s interpretation of the constitution, the laws, etc…by judges, why can’t there be for due process. Our judicial system is too timid to deal effectively with terrorism and related activities, especially with liberal judges and politicians in the process.

    • Alain

      All any federal government need do is to invoke the not withstanding clause everytime these clowns attempt to make laws as a slap down. Granted it is thantks to Pierre Trudeau that we have this mess, which is exactly why we cannot afford another Trudeau.

      • Richard1ne

        True. However, I got a feeling that Trudeau Sr would not have let get this far.

        • Alain

          I think you are right.

  • eMan14

    He said she said. Obviously what they say carries more weight. Why would the safety of society even be a factor in the decision.