I’ve been following this story for a while. I’d like to say I’m surprised. But I’m not. This is what fascism looks like and we have fascism. Hope that you don’t come to find yourself viewing it from a position of active target someday.
Why is France persecuting an innocent Canadian? Is there something we don’t know? Not that it matters. Laws should help to make civilization civilized, not be a mechanism of control for powerful special interests. Is this just an experiment by the corporatocracy? It’s not like they haven’t experimented on people before. I’d like to go through my books and give you some examples, but I’ve been crippled by bad luck and chaos and can’t get at my books – in boxes, buried away in chaos in my brother’s garage here in Oshawa where (brother’s home in Oshawa) I took refuge after a 3rd move in a year after encountering thieves and liars, including landlords and another renter who stole money from me and left me emotionally and physically spent. And I’m living with too many people and a dog that uses the place like a toilet…
Have a good look at what our law and order government, under Stephen Harper, is all about. Would it be better if it was now being led by Jack Layton or Michael Ignatieff? Not under any Liberal Party leader I’m afraid. And the NDP shows too many signs of wanting not only to replace the Liberal Party in Canada, but duplicate it. We have fake democracy – pretty much everywhere. Here in Canada, our electoral marketplace isn’t free. Our elections are rituals and our first-past-the-post system, in which parties which garner a minority of votes in an election can end up with all of the say afterward [are anti-democratic]. And we have ended up with a hardcore, neoliberal, fascist, anti-democratic leader in Stephen Harper. Hassan Diab wasn’t safe before Harper ascended the throne. He is certainly not safe now. But this decline didn’t happen overnight. A sudden change in leadership, even if a caring leader took over the post of prime minister, wouldn’t mean that all that’s wrong with this country and its political and other institutions would be fixed overnight.
from the Support Hassan Diab website, I assume:
Thursday, May 26, 2011
ACTION ALERT: Send Letters to Editor in Support of Hassan Diab
Please take the time to send a brief letter to the Editor in support of Hassan Diab.
On Wednesday May 25, Hassan Diab’s lawyer asked the extradition judge to take into account a recent ruling by the Ontario Court of appeal, and allow the introduction of additional handwriting reports to demonstrate (once again!) the total unreliability of France’s handwriting evidence. Several French handwriting experts are willing to testify that the methodology and conclusions of the handwriting evidence are totally flawed.
Read Ottawa Citizen coverage of Wednesday’s hearing.
This morning, the judge denied the lawyer’s request. A decision on whether to “commit” Hassan for extradition (basically, the first step in shipping Hassan overseas, which involves imprisonment) will be issued on June 6th.
Read Ottawa Citizen coverage of today’s decision
Please write letters to the Editor expressing your concern about the extradition process and your support for Hassan Diab.
In your letters, you can raise one or more of the following points:
– As Hassan’s case shows, the standard of evidence for extraditing Canadian citizens does not come near to meeting standards for a fair trial.
– It is very alarming that Hassan’s extradition may be allowed to proceed SOLELY on the basis of handwriting analysis that the judge himself has said is “very problematic, very confusing, and with conclusions that are suspect”.
– It is unacceptable that France based its original extradition request on completely unsourced and secret intelligence that may be the product of torture.
– It is unacceptable that France has withheld information favourable to Hassan from the judge, such as the fact that Hassan’s palm prints and fingerprints do not match those of the suspect.
Letters must be very short (100 words or less); include name, postal address and daytime phone number of the writer; state “Letter to the Editor” in the Subject line; and content should be in the body of the email (i.e. do not send as an attachment).
Email addresses are provided below:
Globe and Mail: email@example.com
National Post: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa Citizen: email@example.com
Ottawa Sun: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hill Times (Federal Parliament): email@example.com
Thanks for your continued support.
Hassan Diab Support Committee
Posted by Don Pratt at 10:15 PM
I can’t get this video to size properly on my netbook. Hopefully, You’ll see it okay on your screens.