Created on Sunday, 23 March 2008 16:33
Crusading Terrorism: How Canada and America Terrorized the Citizens
by Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.
f the facts of human life are definable and truth is ONE with its own meanings, then â€œsuspicionâ€ cannot be considered as the code of law to become the threshold of action against innocent citizens.Victims are not left with any option except to use truth as the power of human logic.
America asked Britain and Canada to market the â€œwar on terrorism.â€ According to Ron Suskind - a White House insider (The One Percent Doctrine: Deep inside Americaâ€™s pursuit of its enemies since 9/11, 2006, p 226), Secretary of State Colin Powell and Paul Oâ€™Neill complained that they â€˜did not know the mind of the Presidentâ€™ and often policy was based on â€˜his instinct and gutâ€™ and that â€˜a key decision largely remained a mystery.â€™
To promote the â€œwar on terrorismâ€ and mislead the American public, the Bush Administration purchased 774 innocent people as terrorists and paid $25,000 cash per head to Afghan warlords to populate Guantanamo Bay Prison â€“ the Abu Ghraib of America.
For 4 Years Shackle sound continues on Mominâ€™s feet without being guilty of any crimes
Post 9/11, 2000 Arab students and others were arrested in the US
on suspicion of terrorism. Dr. Dhaffir Rafel, highly respected
international humanitarian work medical doctor from Syracuse, NY helped
the sick, wounded and displaced children and families in Iraq, jailed
for 25 years on bogus accusations of laundering charity funds.
Marzieh Hashemi in Colorado, young widow journalist, mom of three small
kids was awakened at gunpoint in the early morning by an armed police raid,
wanting a house search for income tax papers.
Across America, countless
people of Arab and Islamic origins and families including school aged
kids are detained under the law of suspicion. These are few samples of the
contemporary history â€“ again ignored and not learnt from.
the US arrested and tortured thousands of citizens of Japanese, German,
and Italian origins during the Second World War and sent them to internment
camps because they had specific ethnic ancestry. To re-enact the
history, Canadian intelligence services targeted Momin Khawaja and his
family as the first Canadian victims of the â€œwar on terrorism.â€
(Computer scientist and community worker) does not appear to be guilty
of any crimes except guilty of drawing suspicion, and to Ron Suskind
â€œsuspicion both inside America and abroad became the threshold for
Four years of the most precious time of their lives was stolen by
the intelligence agencies. Could any law or government or the Ministers
return this lost time to the Khawaja family? For 4 years, the shackle's
sound continues to be heard on Mominâ€™s feet without he being guilty of any
crimes. Momin still has no criminal record.
At issue are the facts of human
life that Canada cannot deny nor morally defy:
- â€œUse of Forceâ€™
by the Canadian Government to target the law-abiding citizens to
assert the preconceived notion of â€œbomb making and terrorism.â€
- â€œUse of Suspicionâ€ as law to enforce its threshold of actions.
of Momin Khawaja on suspicion of â€œbomb makingâ€ and charged in Canada
but not in UK where the alleged conspiracy of bomb making is said to
- For 4 years, he is being punished in jail without a
trial and without being guilty of any crimes.
Following the arrest of Dr. Khawaja,
(father of Momin) simultaneously in Arabia at the behest of the
Government of Canada on false accusations of involvement in â€œbomb
makingâ€ and â€œterrorism,â€ the Minister of Security denied the knowledge
of a formal request to a foreign government but the documentary
evidence questions this public assertion as a lie.
Twice bail has been denied to Momin
Khawaja, and after 4 years in jail the prosecution is pushing for a
secret trial, making it known that some of the hard evidence will not be
made available to the defense team. How could Momin get a legally fair
trial in Canada?
Chief Justice Allan Lutfy has sounded the alarm
bells and asked the Attorney General of Canada why the case of
Momin Khawaja was delayed and certain explicit information not provided
to the defense team? (National Post, Jan 30, 2008).
lawyer told the judge:
- â€œthe government wants kept secret on the
grounds, its disclosure in open court could harm national security and
relations with foreign governments..â€
What an absurd dichotomy it is,
if the Government wants, it spearheads the action to display all the
secret information against the suspects on its web sites - all the
malicious propaganda about Momin Khawaja and his family - pays millions
of dollars to the mass media warlords to carve up the false imagery of
the family as â€œMuslim terrorists,â€ but it cannot respond to a simple
rational question asked by the Chief Justice. Are the politicians so
powerful to ignore the expressed concerns of the Chief Justice?
another Presiding Judge of the Provincial Court, Mr. Douglas Rutherford
expressed his public discontent at the deliberate delay in Momin
- â€œit almost spells the impossibility of doing a trial
like this.â€ (â€œTerror trial delay angers Judgeâ€, Canada.com, January 25,
The prosecution lawyers say, they are not allowed by law
to disclose the reasoning. How is it that might could be right
Canadian liberal democratic system of governance? Or is the
prosecution building a castle over moving sand? The Canadian Government
is looking for an escape route but it must face the real challenge: how
could a government fight a war in secret while claiming to be a supporter
of democracy, freedom, human rights and justice?
What did Canada achieve out of it?
the officially sponsored Project Awaken and implications of the
anti-terrorist act, the ultimate aim was to identify and facilitate
media portrayal of the Khawaja family as â€œIslamic terroristsâ€,
destabilize the family, drain-out their human energies in arrest,
torture and make them run around in legal courts for years to come and
dramatize the public imagery as â€˜Muslim terroristsâ€ because the Bush
administration needed that political statistics to cover up its own
shortcomings and fear of the unknown. Canada collaborated to bridge the
gaps of time and history by using suspicion as a law and justifying the
action by the use of force.
Canadian masses are concerned at the
plight of Khawaja family and want to have answers for the state
sponsored acts of terrorism against the ordinary citizens.
a random glimpse of the official minds, the prosecution has
demonstrated that the rule of law is irrelevant; respect for public
rights is of secondary importance, force can be used against any
law-abiding citizens without accountability and after four years of
incarceration, search for justice does not include the pre-existence of
It was Government machinery in action to terrorize the
citizens of visible Muslim minorities in Canada. Accountability was
shrunk to only one criterion that Canada must produce substantial data
to satisfy the American command for compliance with President Bush â€˜War
Ron Suskind explains how eagerly President Bush spoke of
â€œGodâ€™s willâ€ in support of his presidency and that American â€œnation
being guided by the Divine will in defeating the evil â€“ the Islamic
terrorists.â€ But Suskind questioned Bush on â€œGodâ€™s will,â€ something Woodrow Wilson and Lincoln never claimed in support of violence or
human aggression against others.
In an age of reason, reason
lost its place and purpose to â€œsuspicionâ€ as the code of Law.
remained safe and there were no acts of terrorism across this nation.
It is odd that Canadian politicians in ruling circles should have opted
to defy the logic of moral conscience in their relations with the
visible minorities of the Canadian entity. Many knowledgeable
parliamentarians became silent spectators in the religious crusade of
the â€œwar on terrorism.â€ Prominent American intellectual Paul Craig
Roberts (â€œWhat Do We Stand for? LewRockwell.com, Feb 19, 2008), asked
the same question:
- â€œDo we Americans have any honor, any humanity, any
integrity, any awareness of the crimes our government is committing in
our names? Do we have a moral conscience?â€
hold dear the values of morality, freedom and unbiased attitude, but
with media carved fictitious stories they were made fearful about
Islamic terrorism depicting photos of the members of the Khawaja family
(while under detention), knowing full well, in time sequence, nobody
would challenge the false sensational headlines created by hourly paid
mass media intellectuals, financed by the intelligence agencies in
support of Project Awaken.
Does terror have any religion, shape or
form? Agents of intelligence establishments presuppose that public is
ignorant. If so, why are the Canadian masses against the war on
Making already a four year(s) delay, now the Canadian prosecution
wants to go to a secret trial denying the right to Momin and his
defense team to see evidence against him.
Momin was accused of
involvement in UK based March 2004 plan to make a â€œbombâ€ but he is not
charged in UK. Are you not surprised at the ambiguous assertion that at
a place of accident if someone is accused of involvement but he is not
The document sent by the Canadian Minister of Security to
Saudi Arabian Government alleged that Dr. Khawaja (father of Momin),
was involved in four different activities including the â€œbomb makingâ€™
theory. Are you still not surprised that the then Minister of Security
Ms. Anne McClellan denied the knowledge of ever making such a request
to Arabian Government to arrest Dr. Khawaja?
The intelligence agencies
claimed that they neither raided the Khawaja family residence in Ottawa,
nor arrested the five other members of the family. One wonders: if the
Government is truthful, then public must be lying?
But why should
the public lie, for what purpose?
If the raid never happened, how was the Khawaja family
house damaged, and hundreds of people in the neighborhood witness to the
armed assault, (as if there was a war going on)?
Often ruling elites
underestimate the strength of public memory and power of knowledge,
reasoning, and wisdom. The armed attack, as witnessed by the neighbors,
was like a violent tornado destroying in minutes what took us ages to
build â€“ the human dignity, social well being and lives lived in a civilized
community of educated citizens.
No matter what illusions are crafted,
for those victimized, their anguish, pain and continued sufferings do not
vanish with the passage of time: the house is still bugged with
listening devices generating radiation, doors and windows smashed, cash
money stolen, familyâ€™s identity cards, health cards, passports
confiscated, computers, academic books and kids toys taken away, and
the list goes onâ€¦ and other human damages inflicted speak their own
Since the official are used to lying and they do not remember
what they said in March 2004 at the time of the armed raid, and what they
are saying now, four years later. They found it convenient to make a
bundle reply to the honorable Chief Justice and could get away with it.
This is nothing new; they have been doing it for years. If you recall
what happened to Engineer Maher Arar in Canada who was imprisoned and
tortured in Syria with the complicity of Canadian intelligence, denied
all along for years but ultimately admitted during the official inquiry
under Justice Oâ€™Connor.
Eric Hoffer must have known the mindset and
behaviors of politicians and elite bureaucrats in any government
- â€œThose in possession of absolute power can not
only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also
lie and make their lies come true.â€
Canadian masses are well
known for their global humanitarian outlook, softhearted and
peace-loving people with a natural passion to support human rights,
freedom and multicultural nation-building. The thinking people of the
world wondered why Canada has transformed from its riches of
international human values to the dust of embraced animosity, from a
peacemaker and peacekeeping nation of international stature to an
active partner of intransigence in war in Afghanistan and aggressive
behavior against its own citizens?
Aggressiveness divides people in
hatred and conflicts, cooperation and respect for human dignity brings
social harmony and peace in human society. Pursuit of justice assumes
the pre-existence of injustice.
For four years, Dr. Khawaja has been
asking the Minister of Security why he and his family were
terrorized? What crime, uncommitted, could justify the inclusion of
their family names in the No Fly List? Why their human dignity, normal
lives, social and economic well being have been stolen by the
Does the Government exist in theoretical concepts or is
there a human side of it? The official planners must have known, how
difficult it would be for the accused people to live and survive in the
society after being labeled as terrorists?
What happened to those four
accusations of â€œbomb making and terrorismâ€ listed in the document by
the RCMP-Canadian Intelligence Services and sent out to the Saudi
Arabian Secret Police?
If those allegations were false, (the Canadian
Government refused to admit that it ever made such a request), then the
whole premise of case against Momin Khawaja is explicitly fake and
To enhance the public Project Awaken, Canadian intelligence
police continued to put shackles on Mominâ€™s feet for four years to
dramatize on screen that an alleged Muslim terrorist was in shackles
and the shackle's sound ensures public safety and the success story of
the intelligence agencies. In reality, it is their failure because
years of sufferings have strengthened our resolve to stand for our
rights and seek justice.
If anybody is fearful, it is the prosecution
pushing to go for secret trial. Would the fair-minded Canadian public
allow the minority elite bureaucrats to violate the citizenâ€™s rights to
fair trial and be subjugated to draconian justice?
Bush, America not only lost its global moral standing and the â€œwar on
terrorismâ€ but also exposed American military weaknesses and failure in
Iraq and Afghanistan, and the continued fear of being replaced by another
nation as a superpower; would Canada like to follow the suit?
tells us that whenever aggressive nations surpass the limits and
transgress against the weak and poor, the Law of God checks them
promptly. See who dismantled the USSR after it invaded Afghanistan?
Certainly not the West or NATO. Analyze what happened to some of
the great European imperial powers and reflect on their dusty
History will see the nations by their actions, not by
claims. According to Paul Craig Roberts (â€œWhat do we stand for?â€), the
Bush administration kept 774 of â€œthe world's most dangerous terroristsâ€ at
Guantanamo Bay prison, but all have been released secretly, (only 6 are
being tried in a military tribunal including two children) and that
America paid $25,000 each to Afghan warlords to purchase the "terrorists"
to validate the terrorist threat perceived in the war on terrorism.
The pursuit of the war represents the corporate interests and making
bonded terrorists as the means to support the American war games
against the destitute humanity across the globe. In a new age of
reason, quest for global peace and respect for human rights and
dignity, one would hope that American leaders should learn from the
living history, and Canadian leadership would not follow those who held
gospel in one hand and used the other democratic hand to put the whole
humanity to the flames of Two World Wars and continued to do so in Iraq
The search for oil, a stable dollar, and Bush's â€œwar on
terrorismâ€ could make America a candidate for self-defeat and
self-destruction and soon to be replaced as superpower by the natural
process of historical change.
Political power is a transitory
phenomenon, and every BEGINNING has its END. There are no Islamic
states and no Islamic terrorism challenging America or any other
Western nations. It is a political myth crafted for global business and
strategic domination and to incite emotions and mislead the North
American masses against Islam. No religion teaches hatred and
terrorism, humans do by their own ignorance and arrogance.
Muslims have no animosity toward America. America is using wrong
weapons to fight Islam and God. In the 21st century global citizens
community, need is not for perpetuated animosity against Islam and
Muslims but friendship and understanding for unity in diversity, that
is what makes Canada strong and unique in multicultural mosaic.
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja is a political scientist with interests
in strategic studies, comparative cultures and civilizations (West and
Islam), peace and conflict resolution, and author of several
publications on these subjects. His forthcoming publication is
entitled: To America with Reason. The author and his family were the
first targeted victims of the â€œwar on terrorismâ€ in Canada.
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