- Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
- Look what just came over the wire!
- I had been trying to get that FBI report ever since Ernst
was arrested. Finally, it was released under the Freedom of Information
Act. This is good news for once!
- Zundel Not A Threat, FBI Ruled
By Kirk Makin
The Globe & Mail
- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation closed its file
on Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel in 2001 after deciding he was not a
threat, documents released under U.S. Freedom of Information laws have
- "In view of the fact that there is no indication
that the subject is, or ever has been, involved in any acts of violence,
acts of terrorism or any other criminal activity within the United States,
recommend this case be closed administratively," an FBI report
on April 9, 2001.
- The agency's conclusion is in stark contrast to that
of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which believes Mr. Zundel's
status as an inspirational guru to the extreme right renders him a danger
to national security.
- Also unlike the FBI, which saw Mr. Zundel as nothing
more than a Holocaust revisionist, CSIS believes him to be a white
- Mr. Zundel arrived in Canada in 1958, but was never
citizenship. He has been in a Toronto jail for 18 months awaiting
to Germany under a rarely used security certificate.
- Defence lawyers Peter Lindsay and Chi-Kun Shi received
the FOI material from Mr. Zundel's U.S. defence team two days ago -- the
day after a Federal Court of Canada proceeding involving Mr. Zundel's
- Yesterday, they forwarded the documents to the presiding
judge, Mr. Justice Pierre Blais, in the hope he will consider them as
- Judge Blais is expected to rule in the next few weeks
on whether the issuance of a special security certificate against Mr.
was "reasonable." Should he rule that it is, the notorious
of Holocaust revisionist material has no right of appeal.
- Mr. Zundel's lawyers have repeatedly accused the federal
government of misusing special legislation aimed at terrorists to expel
a man who has no criminal record, yet whose activities have made him an
embarrassing thorn in their side.
- Mr. Lindsay expressed frustration in an interview yesterday that the FOI material arrived too late to become part of the deportation
proceeding. "I would have put this in as evidence and relied on
Mr. Lindsay said.
- The FBI opened its file on Mr. Zundel when he moved to
Tennessee with his wife. He was picked up and deported to Canada on Feb.
19, 2003, after missing an appointment with a U.S. immigration officer.
As soon as Mr. Zundel was delivered to Canada, he was jailed and the
- The April 9, 2001, report noted the FBI's source did
not believe Mr. Zundel had direct connections to white supremacists.