Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo LeddyOur Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy

Our Friendly Local Terrorist

byMary Jo Leddy

Paperback | August 28, 2010

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Our Friendly Local Terrorist tells the story of the fourteen-year struggle of Suleyman Goven, a Kurd accused by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service of being a terrorist. Mary Jo Leddy was "accidentally" present at Suleyman'?s first interview with CSIS. During that eight-hour ordeal he was propositioned: you work for us as a spy and you'll get your papers; otherwise?there are no guarantees. Mary Jo continued to be a witness to this bizarre and painful process over the following years at judicial and semi-judicial hearings, which finally ruled that Suleyman ought to be given his papers.

This moving personal story explores the efficacy of the immigration and security clearance systems in the Canadian government. It also provides an entry into the (often-complex) political dynamics and pressures within Kurdish communities in Canada and elsewhere in the diaspora, and reveals Turkey's role and influence in international relations when the tender of huge business contracts is at stake.

Mary Jo Leddy is the Director of Romero House in Toronto and a member of the Order of Canada. She is the author of Radical Gratitude, At the Border Called Hope: Where Refugees are Neighbours, and In the Eye of the Catholic Storm: The Church Since Vatican 11.
Title:Our Friendly Local TerroristFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 28, 2010Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897071604

ISBN - 13:9781897071601


Rated 5 out of 5 by from painful and beautiful This book is both painful and beautiful. It is painful in that it shows that Canadian governments, and especially our national (in)security service, CSIS suffer from the same type of xenophoic paranoia, lack of understanding of 'foreign' societies and histories, and putting the interests of business before justice that our neighbour to the south is often rightlyfully (but way too smuggly) accused of. Nameless CSIS officials pursue a Kurdish refugee, fuelled by big business dealings in Turkey. and by the power of the magic word 'terrorist' that trumps justice way too often. The book is beautiful in that Mary Jo Leddy, one who holds the Order of Canada, shows that justice does have a home in Canada. Thank you , Mary Jo for being a Canadian writer in a beautiful cause.
Date published: 2010-09-01

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Someone
  • Chapter 2: He Was Left Alone
  • Chapter 3: All Night
  • Chapter 4: And He Struggled
  • Chapter 5: The Faceless One
  • Chapter 6: The Nameless One
  • Chapter 7: The Break of Day
  • Appendix A: "Manufacturing Terrorism" by Sharryn Aiken
  • Appendix B: Excerpt from the SIRC "Report into the Complaint of Suleyman Goven" by Hon. Bob Rae
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"?A touching, unforgettable account of how one man, fleeing political conflict and repression in his homeland, was in turn cruelly treated in his land of refuge, Canada, by faceless bureaucrats intent upon using refugees as pawns to spy upon immigrant communities. It is not a pretty story, but it tells us a great deal about how the Canadian Security Intelligence Service operates, and about the limits of accountability for its actions, and their human costs."?