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|Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:08 pm Post subject: Joint Hearing on DHS IG Report: Canadian Citizen's Rendition
From Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:30 pm to Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:29 pm (included)
|United States Congress
Reps. Nadler and Delahunt to Hold Joint Hearing on DHS IG Report on Canadian Citizen's Rendition
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
CONTACT: Shin Inouye, 202-225-5635 (Nadler)
Mark Forest, 202-225-3111 (Delahunt)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Congressman Bill Delahunt (MA-10), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight will hold a joint oversight hearing on the report of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General on the removal of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, to Syria on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10:30 A.M.
Mr. Arar was stopped by immigration officers in late September 2002 as he was changing planes at JFK airport on his way home to Canada from vacation. Federal officials detained and interrogated Mr. Arar for nearly two weeks on suspicion that he had ties to al Qaeda and then transferred him to Syria where he was imprisoned and tortured. Shortly after Mr. Arar was released by Syria without charge, Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. asked the DHS Inspector General to investigate the matter.
Four years later, in December 2007, the DHS IG issued a secret report, OIG-08-18, entitled "The Removal of a Canadian Citizen to Syria." That report was accompanied by a one-page unclassified summary. In January 2008, Chairman Conyers objected to the lack of publicly available information, reiterated the importance of informing the American public about "extraordinary rendition" - the transfer of terror suspects to countries, like Syria, where they face torture - that has generated a great deal of criticism and concern, and asked DHS to release additional unclassified information.
DHS is expected to release a revised and public version of the report at Thursday's hearing.
What: Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Joint Oversight Hearing on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Report OIG-08-18, The Removal of a Canadian Citizen to Syria
Who: Richard L. Skinner, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security;
Clark Kent Ervin, Director, Homeland Security Initiative, The Aspen Institute and Former Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security;
Michael Scheuer, former Chief, CIA Bin Laden Issue Station;
Scott Horton, Visiting Professor, Hofstra Law School
When: Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:30 A.M.
Where: Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building