CBC reports that, "The Obama administration is refusing to end the U.S. ban on Maher Arar, dashing the hopes of those looking for a policy shift. The Syrian-Canadian computer engineer remains on a U.S. terrorism watch list, despite having been exonerated and winning a multimillion-dollar settlement from the Canadian government. American officials said their policy on Arar — who was extradited by the U.S. and tortured in a Syrian prison — hasn't changed with the arrival of Barack Obama as president. 'Mr. Arar is not welcome in the United States,' Terry Breese, a senior U.S. diplomat, told Canadian reporters Thursday in Ottawa."
The Canwest News Service adds that, "Breese refused to discuss why Arar remains banned in the U.S., saying the evidence was classified."