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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 02:53 PM
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BUSHCO's America Is Deemed Legally UNSAFE For Foreigners
The US is legally deemed unsafe for foreigners
by zeppomarx
Sat Dec 01, 2007 at 09:25:15 AM PST

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Lightly reported, a Canadian Federal judge has decided that the Canada US Safe Third Country Agreement breaches the rights of asylum seekers.

Quoting legislative changes in the US, and especially referenceing the Maher Arar case where a Canadian Citizen was abducted and sent to a third country for detention and torture, the court determined that:

"the U.S. has not been compliant with the Refugee Convention or CAT (Convention Against Torture).

Federal court strikes down refugee agreement
Updated Fri. Nov. 30 2007 10:20 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

The United States is not a safe country for refugees, the Federal Court said Thursday as it ruled that Canada will no longer have the right to turn back asylum seekers at the border.

In the surprise judgment, the court found that Safe Third Country Agreement breaches the rights of asylum seekers under the United Nation Refugee Convention or the Convention Against Torture.

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"... The United States' policies and practices do not meet the conditions set down for authorizing Canada to enter into a STCA," Phelan wrote in his 126-page decision.

"The U.S. does not meet the Refugee Convention requirements nor the UN Convention Against Torture prohibition (the Maher Arar case being one example). Further, the STCA does not comply with the relevant provisions of the Charter."

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/200...


In other words, those sending you their poor, their weak, their huddled masses are not expected by Canada to be given a fair shake, and are welcome to drop by our border if they feel the need.

Frankly, my only response to this is what the hell took Canada this long? And why did it need a judge to point out the blatantly obvious regarding contraventions to international instruments by this American administration?

more at:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/12/1/121123/300
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 03:56 PM
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1. They probably didn't have a court case make it that far.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 03:58 PM
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2. I first read your thread title as legally INSANE.
That probably would apply too.

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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 04:04 PM
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3. Shouldn't this be evidence for impeachment?
Oh, wait...

-Hoot
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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 04:43 PM
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4. There's an honest judge remaining on the continent.
Is this supposed to give us hope?
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warren pease Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 04:50 PM
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5. I wonder if this also means they'll no longer turn down Americans seeking asylum...
Any ideas on that one? I'm not yet ready to evacuate, but I could be easily convinced if the screws tighten just a little bit further.


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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 04:53 PM
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6. Are you talking about any American? Or American military deserters?
There's probably several thousand deserters living in Canada now because of the war in Iraq.
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warren pease Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 05:46 PM
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7. Any American who can make a decent case that they're in danger of being...
...kidnapped, "renditioned" and shipped to some torture hellhole in the American gulag. Which is to say, once HR 1955/S-1959 passes and the Dauphin in chief signs it, all of us who disagree, have disagreed or might someday disagree with this administration's um... policies, for lack of a better word.


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