Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Men in black

Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen of Syrian descent, was arrested in the US in September 2002 and later sent to Syria to be tortured. He was released after 10 months in confinement. Now, a Canadian commission, after a two-and-a-half year enquiry, has found that he was completely innocent. According to the Washington Post, "U.S. officials refused to cooperate with the Canadian inquiry". Arar's lawsuit in the US has been dismissed by a judge, citing "national security". Try and recall this the next time you watch "Law and Order" and marvel at the intricacies of the American justice system.

The Washington Post, with an eye for telling detail, claims: "Those renditions are often carried out by CIA agents dressed head to toe in black, wearing masks, who blindfold their subjects and dress them in black."

Black deeds they might be, but who says they have to be carried out in unfashionable attire ?


Blogger Shunya said...

This is a bit puzzling to me. Syria has a great deal of experience with Islamic extremists. Papa Assad, a secular dictator like Saddam, perfected the nighttime vanishing act of folks from the Muslim Brotherhood. Son Bashar inherited the same police state that has led to a near absence of Islamic extremism in Syria.

What I find odd is that the Syrians weren't able to tell on day one that Maher Arar is innocent. Instead they tortured him for 10+ months. Why? And since when did Syria start taking requests from the US seriously?

I'll keep looking for clues on the net. Perhaps all I'll find is that the Syrians are as inept in identifying terrorists among their suspects as the Americans (think Guantanamo).

9/21/2006 12:33 PM  

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