Fresh off the press:
Dennis Edney, who represents Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, had invited Moazzam Begg to speak at a conference Saturday on fear and justice and building bridges between Muslims and other communities.
Begg, a British man who was released from Guantanamo in 2005 and has since become an advocate for Guantanamo prisoners' rights, attempted to fly from London to Toronto on Friday morning.
But Air Canada told him the Canadian High Commission refused him permission to board on the basis that the plane "could be re-routed to the United States," Edney said.
"He's disappointed," Edney said of Begg. "He has a sense of Canada that may not be there. He has a sense that we stand up for rights and justice, that we're that kind of people. The reality is we take our orders from the United States."
The U.S. has accused Begg of being a member of al-Qaeda, as well as recruiting for them, attending training camps and sending money and support.
Begg admits to supporting militant Muslims in Bosnia, Chechnya and Kashmir, but says he does not support suicide bombers or the Sept. 11 attacks. He even admits to buying a handgun in Afghanistan, but says he never received military training or planned to fight.
Yeah poor Mo Begg who was coming to Canada on behalf of Cage Prisoners. The group that praises Osama bin Laden and wrote a piece about assassinating President Obama.
And so today I saw thank you Canadian High Commission (and I guess Air Canada, even though it appears they did not have a choice) for keeping this terror supporting asshat out of Canada. Unfortunatley Omar Khadr is still in the country (Canada).