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January 23, 2004

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Won't this blog pretty much ruin your chance for getting a summer job with the DOJ immigration bureau?

1. Don't want it.
2. Note that I don't use my last name.
2. Already rejected anyway.
4. My political leanings are fairly obvious from my resume (not only extracurriculars but jobs), and presumably they can google.

Yes, fortunately freedom of the press is still alive and well in Canada, and I think you're right about the O'Niel search backfiring on the RCMP. Especially since it happened the same day as this court decision:

http://tinyurl.com/2mn45

"The same day as police were sifting through O'Neill's drawers, Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto was making a landmark ruling in a separate case.

In a decision giving strong support to journalists' right to protect confidential sources of information, she noted that many cases of government wrongdoing, from Watergate to RCMP mischief in Quebec in the 1970s, came to light because of such leaks to reporters.

The case involved a story about a document leaked to National Post reporter Andrew McIntosh in the "Shawinigate" affair. Taking note of "the fundamental importance of a free press in a democratic society," Justice Benotto quashed a search warrant served against the reporter. She said, in her written judgement, that "society's interest here, in protecting the confidentiality (McIntosh) promised, outweighs the benefits of disclosing the document."

Katherine,

First of all kudos to you for the link on the Christian Science Monitor site as well as general congratulations and a salute for the work you've done.

Thanks for the link to the Center for Constitutional Rights page with the PDF file of Arar's complaint in the lawsuit. I noted that he is also suing under the Torture Victim's Protection Act. The current president's father signed it into law.

You know your country's leaders are not doing so good with world public opinion when lines like these appear in newspaper articles (in the news section, not opinion):

"The legislation, ironically, was introduced by U.S. President George W. Bush's father."

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