Dark Days — my book

Dark Days is the sto­ry of Canadian nation­al secu­ri­ty inves­ti­ga­tions gone ter­ri­bly wrong, told through the expe­ri­ences of four of its tar­gets: Ahmad El Maati, Abdullah Almalki, Maher Arar and Muayyed Nureddin.

In the spring of 2003 I was approached for help by Maher Arar’s wife. That ini­tial meet­ing led to years of intense cam­paign work that won his release and return to Canada, made head­line news for years and forced the estab­lish­ment of a pub­lic inquiry into his case. I con­tin­ued that work with inter­venors at the Inquiry, help­ing expose the role Canadian secu­ri­ty and law enforce­ment agen­cies played in Arar’s kid­nap­ping by the CIA and his deten­tion and tor­ture in Jordan and Syria. That work also exposed Canadian com­plic­i­ty in the deten­tion and tor­ture of three oth­er Canadian Muslim men, and led to their release and to the estab­lish­ment of a sec­ond inquiry. All four men have now received pub­lic apolo­gies and compensation.

I researched and wrote a num­ber of chronolo­gies while work­ing on the tor­ture files, chronolo­gies that evolved into a book called Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror. Published by Viking Canada in August 2008, Dark Days won pub­lic praise from spy­mas­ter and author David Cornwell (bet­ter known as John le Carré), won the 2009 City of Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction, was a Quill and Quire “Book of the Year” in 2008, and was one of the “Best Books of 2008” cho­sen by Amazon.ca.