CSIS interviews spread fear in communityposted on December 14, 2004 | in Category CSIS | PermaLink
Source: Centretown News (Ottawa)
Date: December 10, 2004
Abid Jan says he came to Canada to find peace and security. Instead, he found only fear and loathing. He blames Canada's intelligence services. Jan is a Pakistani journalist who fled his homeland in 2002 because of death threats from local intelligence agents. He was granted refugee status in Canada, and now works as a community development officer at the South-East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community.
He says that on April 20, 2004, when he went to the immigration department for what he thought was a routine meeting, he was instead interviewed by a man from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, his third interview with the agency since his arrival in Canada. "The truth is" Jan says of his experience with CSIS, "we suffered as much here as we did in Pakistan. We face the same fear here."
Community groups say some Muslim immigrants live in fear because of anti-terrorism investigations conducted by CSIS.
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