This post is a direct response to dimwit Ezra Levant's nauseating post accusing Maher Arar of lying. I remember first seeing Ezra Levant's pimply mug when the wingnut-welfare "think tank" Fraser Institute published his college scribblings as "Youthquake" wherein apparently, young people, sick of public healthcare and other aspects of a decent society, would rise up in rebellion against the welfare state. Institutes like the Fraser Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute, and others have laboured mightily to lower the intellectual level of this country, but they haven't managed to pull-off the rebellion that Levant prophesized.
No matter, as we see from the bush II administration, constant failure doesn't seem to have any impact on the careers of right-wing morons. As long as you're "conservative" (i.e., you say exactly what your corporate masters want you to) you're immune from the consequences of your actions. Ezra has been sucking hard on the teat of wingut welfare for the past 15 years. He co-founded The Western Standard, which failed under his direction and has been reduced to a blog featuring the ravings of Adam Yoshida. He became awed at the intellectual might of Stockwell Day and helped him become leader of the Canadian Alliance and served as his communications director. In a particularly hilarious episode, Levant sparred with Conservative Party of Canada leader Stephen Harper, who had pushed aside Levant's hero Day, as leader of the CA over Harper's choice of Calgary Southwest as a nice, safe seat. Levant had been raising money to run in that riding himself and only conceded after considerable public acrimony with the leader of his party.
Levant's post refers to the shameful media attention to FBI claims that Omar Khader admitted having seen Maher Arar in terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. At the time, I posted that you would have to be monumentally stupid and incompetent to print garbage like that. There is no excuse for a functioning adult to think it worthwhile to print information obtained through torture to slander a man already exonerated of the charges against him. As it turns out, Khader was asked to "take a couple of minutes" to think about whether or not he recognized Arar's photograph, and that the frightened young man told his captors that he'd seen Arar in Afghanistan, but at a time (it turned out) when Arar was under surveillance in Canada and when Khader would only have been six or seven years old.
By that point, Levant had printed his post accusing Arar of lying, and resurrecting drivel from the Western Standard, as if those unsourced, groundless speculations were vindicated by the lies being printed today. He crowed about a radio interview he'd be giving in a later post that day (when news about the emptiness of the accusations was being released) and again, pathetically, dredged up more crapola from his failed rag.
He has not, at this point, posted a public apology to Maher Arar. He has managed to let the sane people have the last word in his comments section, but I'm sure the shitheads who typed their blather about how Arar's story never "passed the smell test" and other such deluded dumb-fuckery are safe in their cocoons again, masturbating about Keifer Sutherland having his way with them.