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Why Khadr was denied a passport

Government fears for security, public reaction. Graham invokes rarely used power to intervene. Abdurahman Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who said he was an American spy, was denied a Canadian passport due to concerns about national security and the potential negative reaction from the public, court records show. The documents include a report from the Canadian Passport Office urging Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham to refuse passports to Khadr and other family members, “in the interests of national security of Canada and the protection of Canadian troops in Afghanistan.” Marked “secret,” the report is part of the federal justice department’s reply to a federal court motion by Khadr appealing the decision to deny him a passport. Large paragraphs are blacked out in the report due to security concerns. Full Story

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