If Maher Arar is truly innocent of having links to Al-Qaeda, $10 million will hardly compensate him for the torture he suffered in Syria.
If, however, he is guilty of some other dirty business, then he just hit the jackpot.
But lost in all the controversy about Arar's treatment in Syria is that his experience demonstrates the downside of dual citizenship.
If Arar had not been holding Syrian citizenship, the Americans wouldn't have been able to decide that it was better to deport him to Syria for a little rough justice than to let him run loose in Canada.
Dual citizenship isn't always a free ride out of trouble. It can be a free ride into it.