A forgotten Canadian returns home from the war on terror

Canadian Khalid Awan paid one of the heaviest imaginable prices for the system of racial profiling, mass arrests and indefinite detentions, and deportations that targeted South Asian, Arabic and Muslim (or perceived Muslim) communities after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Awan, an immigration consultant who happened to be working out of his U.S. office in New York City on 9/11, spent 17 years behind bars in some of the worst American prisons because he was Muslim, because he refused to spy for the FBI, and because Canadian officials appear to have done next to nothing to stand up for his rights as he was being railroaded through a terror-obsessed America that included years in the notorious "Little Guantanamo" isolation units in Terre Haute, Indiana.


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