Zundel not a threat, FBI ruled
By KIRK MAKIN
Friday, November 5, 2004--Page A5
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation closed its file on Holocaust
denier Ernst Zundel in 2001 after deciding he was not a security
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 concluded 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
Also unlike the FBI, which saw Mr. Zundel as nothing more than a
Holocaust revisionist, CSIS believes him to be a white supremacist.
Mr. Zundel arrived in Canada in 1958, but was never granted
citizenship. He has been in a Toronto jail for 18 months awaiting
deportation 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
pending deportation ended.
Yesterday, they forwarded the documents to the presiding judge, Mr.
Justice Pierre Blais, in the hope he will consider them as evidence.
Judge Blais is expected to rule in the next few weeks on whether the
issuance of a special security certificate against Mr. Zundel was
"reasonable." Should he rule that it is, the notorious publisher 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 it,"
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
deportation process began.
The April 9, 2001, report noted the FBI's source did not believe
Mr. Zundel had direct connections to white supremacists.
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