RE: [Fwd: FC: Scientology online critic flees to Canada, seeks asylum]

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 08:02:56 MDT wrote,
> What's wrong with just a plain ordinary residence permit
> application, like "I like your country and I want to live
> here"? What's wrong with a business setup? Employment?
> What's wrong with any of all those other residence permit
> possibilities, besides asylum?

Because he is being convicted and sentenced in the US. A business setup,
employment or other residence permit possibilities will not protect one from
being extradited to the U.S. as a convicted/escaped criminal. Asylum is the
only way to ask one country to protect you from your own government.

I agree with your other statements that this will never work. The Canadian
government is not going to try to intervene to overthrow his U.S. conviction
and protect a U.S. citizen from its own government. Such a thing would be
similar to us firebombing Iraqi to protect its own citizens from their own
government. Asylum cannot be granted without Canada claiming human rights
violations to such an extent that one nation must violate another nation's
sovereign rights to govern its own citizens. Canada would be declaring that
it is intervening in internal US legal processes because they should have
more authority than our own government over US citizens based on previous
actions of the government. I don't see why Canada would be interested in
this case, and I don't see the US agreeing to give up any of its sovereign

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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