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Khadr Family, Terrorists, Canada

"Email me" returned terrorist invites Canadians

by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com

February 26, 2005

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When Zaynab Khadr slipped quietly into Toronto on February 17, officials seized her pictures, papers, laptop and cellphone. What they couldn't seize was whatever the 25-year-old daughter of the Prime Minister Jean Chretien-rescued Ahmed Said Khadr carries about in her head.

The late Ahmed Said Khadr, officially identified as Canada's highest-ranking member of Al Qaeda, was set free from a Pakistani prison, when Prime Minister Jean Chretien intervened on his behalf.

During a 1996 state visit to Pakistan, Chretien "aggressively sought guarantees" from the country's then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that Khadr would receive due process and fair treatment.

When mainstream Canadians complained about Zaynab's 2004 comments to CBC about the September 11 attacks, indicating that Americans deserve to feel a pain similar to what they inflected on others, Prime Minister Paul Martin reminded them that as a Canadian citizen she had a right to her opinions.

While the Khadr family's association to Al Qaeda as terrorist-trained members is legendary, Zaynab has been the family's most outspoken member. Osama bin Laden was a guest at her wedding.

The newly-returned Canadian citizen will rejoin her family in Scarborough, where she feels she will have more power to lobby for the rights of her two brothers–18-year-old Omar, who is Canada's only known detainee at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, and her brother, Abdullah, whereabouts unknown since October.

As she chooses to dress in the traditional chador, westerners can see only Khadr's eyes and hands. Among her latest claims, is a watered down version of bin Laden's presence at her wedding. On the happy occasion, the terrorist of the future was not the prominent figure he is now, pre-9/11, she reminds us.

How he came to join the wedding party was no fault of the bride.

"I mean, we don't even write invitations for weddings," Khadr told the Toronto Star in an interview at a fast-food restaurant. "We just say there's a wedding and everybody's invited and everybody passes it on."

Though the outspoken daughter of the notorious Khadr family seemed to have softened her views on Canadians: "I don't like the society here but it doesn't mean I'll judge everyone here because of the society that they're living in," she remains unabashedly anti-American.

"I don't see killing all the Iraqis is solving a problem, but the Americans see it that way–and I might disagree with them, and I might think they were wrong, but I can't force them."

Khadr was given emergency travel documents, similar to those provided to her brother Abdurahman, to return to Canada. She says she was not given a replacement passport in Islamabad when her passport expired.

Do not expect any further details of her Scarborough movements from the Canadian government. Foreign affairs spokesperson Rodney Moore said he could not discuss her case due to privacy laws.

Last year, brother Abdurahman won the right to fight the federal government in court after he was denied a passport due, according to court records, to national security concern and a potential negative public reaction. His lawyer, Clayton Ruby, will argue the decision violated his Charter rights.

Following his lawsuit, the government granted the passport office and foreign affairs minister the power to refuse or revoke passports on the grounds of national security.

Earlier this month, lawyers got little sympathy from reporters when they launched a Toronto media conference for brother Omar, who they argue is being tortured at Guantanamo.

While officials seized all her pictures, papers, laptop and cellular on arrival, along with whatever Khadr carries in her head, they could not prevent her from advertising her personal email address. And the RCMP did not comment on the possibility of ongoing investigations.

The Toronto Star published Khadr's email with a personal invitation from Khadr for Canadians …"if Canadians want to object to her views."

Americans were not issued the same invitation to email Khadr at:zak79up@yahoo.ca.


Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: judi@canadafreepress.com


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