Harrison Vien was first flagged when he was eight years old. He’s now approaching his 18 birthday and he is still being hassled at airports. He is concerned that when he wants to travel to Europe he will be delayed again and again or even blocked altogether.
There is another much grimmer aspect to these mistaken additions to “the List”. Thirteen years ago a Canadian citizen, Maher Arar, was seized by American authorities and deported to Syria where he was imprisoned and tortured. He was there for more than a year. Finally, after Arar was repatriated, a federal commission lambasted both the RCMP and the Americans for their actions.
It is unknown if Arar remains on an American no fly list 13 years later.
Even after Arar was returned to Canada it is alleged that the RCMP were obstructing justice.
Even after Mr. Arar's return to Canada, the RCMP was causing problems for Mr. Arar. The Mounties, the report says, misled the Privy Council Office at an important meeting, by failing to disclose "certain key facts that could have reflected adversely on the force." The Globe and Mail
Any airline passenger may experience missed flights and connections if their name turns up on this secretive list. You won’t know until you present your papers to airport security.
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