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Former Guantanamo Bay inmates still a hot topic, in Canada

By Phil Gurski      

I really hope that Ayub Mohammed can have a normal life one day, but it's also critical that the national security agencies are allowed to weigh in on cases like this.

Ayub Mohammed, an ethnic Uyghur from China who was in the prison camp for six years before the U.S. decided he was not a terrorist, met a Canadian woman online and married her. The two now have three children, all of whom are Canadian citizens, and Mohammed wants to move to Canada from Albania to live with his new family in Montreal. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

OTTAWA—Canada had nothing to do with the U.S. decision to use the anachronistic Guantanamo Bay military camp in Cuba as a highly controversial—if not internationally illegal—detention centre for suspected terrorists. That people alleged to have been linked to terrorist groups were shipped from Afghanistan and other places to the Caribbean enclave and placed in cages, often for years with no legal representation, still registers as a black mark on the U.S.’s reputation as a world leader in freedom and respect for human rights. The use of Guantanamo Bay as a prison has not served America’s ill-named “war on terrorism” and has arguably made things worse.

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