Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Canadians Fault U.S. for Its Role in Torture Case
A government commission on Monday exonerated a Canadian computer engineer of any ties to terrorism and issued a scathing report that faulted Canada and the United States for his deportation four years ago to Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured.
“I am able to say categorically that there is no evidence to indicate that Mr. Arar has committed any offense or that his activities constituted a threat to the security of Canada,” Justice Dennis R. O’Connor, head of the commission, said at a news conference.
While the F.B.I. and the Mounted Police kept up their communications about Mr. Arar, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs was not told about his detention for almost three days. Its officials, acting on calls from worried relatives, had been trying to find him. Similarly, American officials denied Mr. Arar’s requests to speak with the Canadian Consulate in New York, a violation of international agreements.

Strange. How do I reconcile this mockery of justice with Bubble Boy's words about "confront[ing] evil" and our use of the "power of freedom"? An objective person might conclude that we were the ones who did evil here, that we were the ones violating a man's freedom. It's all so confusing to this layman.


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