Canada files charges against Syrian officer in CIA rendition case

Canadian federal officials have filed charges against a Syrian intelligence officer for torturing a Canadian citizen given up by the CIA.

It appears unlikely that the Syrian man — Col. George Salloum — will be arrested and extradited to Canada to face charges, given the ongoing civil war in his country and the fact that his whereabouts are unknown.

Yet the charges, which are the first of their kind, nonetheless send a major signal from Canada and serve to refute the CIA’s practice of handing terrorism suspects to countries where they may have been tortured.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A “Canadian man”, eh?
    I bet his name was Mackenzie too!

    For the CIA to hand ANYONE over to Syria, for any reason, is rather extraordinary unto itself.
    This guy must have been suspected of some very bad things.

    • Gary

      Arar was Syrian and fled to canada to avoid the draft. But the big lie by the media is the cover up for why Arar was in Tunisia and that he first dsaid he was denied entry tot he USA and only Jordan would allow him a return flight to meet his family.

      Arar changed his story in 2004 right after his lawsuit against Jordan had failed, plus the odd thing is that the hamas linked CAIR was behind the $400,000,000.00 lawsuit against canada for the new claims of torture and being flown to syria.
      Which one was it, was he flown to Jordan or flown to Syria .

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        There is always more to these stories than simply “the evil CIA” is grabbing random “Canadians” at the airport and sending them to the Middle East to be tortured.

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      • Alain

        What is also very important is that there was never ever any evidence of torture. It was outrageous that our government paid.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      Who cares about his name , native people have all types of names the issue here , that this guy was arrested in NY, and the fake spy system here in Canada collaborated in so many lies and supported the Yankees to send him to another country and be tortured.

      • Clink9

        Awwwww. I was hoping you would personally blame Harper.

        It’s a new drinking game for me.

        • Maurixio Garciasanchez

          Cheers , I remember few years ago when you used to defended Rob Ford about mycomments against him .

          • Clink9

            Geee. Thanks man. I remember you calling my sister and mother disgusting names. So touching.

            I will always defend the Ford brother’s ability to run a city better than the current scumbags with their hand on the chequebook.

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            Yeah sure whatever you do it comes back to you , if I said something to you , was because you were offensive too .

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            Let’s forget the past and move on .

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            I’m sure you going get offended again because Pamela Wallen might be charge with fraud against the taxpayers dollars too .

  • Ho Hum

    This serves as a reminder that Syria – under Assad – was an ALLY in the war against terrorism. Suspected terrorists were flown to Syria by the CIA to face “enhanced” interrogation techniques. In exchange for Assad’s cooperation in the war against terror the United States funded and armed Islamist rebels fighting against Assad in Syria. Many of these rebels morphed into ISIS. How’s that for gratitude?

  • FactsWillOut

    Must be some “Assad eats babies” thing in the works.

  • David Murrell

    The media cartel in Canada had a field day with this yesterday (Tuesday Sept 1). Front and center in all of the media hysterics was Alex Neve, head of Amnesty International Canada, and a supporter of Islamic war criminality and terrorism . He was calling for the arrest of CIA operatives, thinking that would weaken U.S. anti-terrorist defences.