Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Canada's Ward Churchill - Making a difference

David Ahenakew, former head of the Assembly of First Nations and member of the Order of Canada:

"How do you get rid of a disease like that, that's going to take over, that's going to dominate?" Ahenakew told the reporter. "The Jews damn near owned all of Germany prior to the war. That's how Hitler came in. He was going to make damn sure that the Jews didn't take over Germany or Europe.

"That's why he fried six million of those guys, you know. Jews would have owned the God-damned world. And look what they're doing. They're killing people in Arab countries."
I'm with Damian Penny: I don't like the idea of Ahenakew facing trial for hate crimes for his sick utterances, but clearly there's a problem if people like this get the Order of Canada. But the Germans told him the Jews were the enemy, so I guess he couldn't have been expected to know better - such a lack of information available on the subject you know:
"So you still believe today, in 2005, that the Jewish people started the Second World War?" Crown prosecutor Brent Klause asked Ahenakew.

"Yes," he responded.

Ahenakew testified it was the Germans who told him that when he served overseas in the military after the war. He joined in 1951.
Apparently threatening contempt of court is popular these days in Canada:
Also Tuesday, Christie [Ahenakew's lawyer] asked the judge to hold both the CBC and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix in contempt of court because they - along with other media including The Canadian Press - reported Monday what was on the tapes.

Christie's arguments to throw out the evidence were being made in a voir dire, which is held to determine if certain evidence is to be included in a trial. In jury trials, reporters are at least temporarily banned from reporting what is said in a voir dire in order to ensure the jury doesn't hear anything found inadmissible.
This is a crazy justification, as the information had been reported on previously in the media, at least as far back as 2002. Ban the archives! Burn the libraries! Ban the Blogs! You got a license for that website?

Your right to a fair trial might be in jeopardy. Never mind that the internet is available to most jury members as it is, unless of course we employ strict
requirements to ensure that jurors are illiterate and generally anti-social.

Hat tip: Damian Penny