Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Off-topic: Fresh Air on "extraordinary renditions"

Here is a Fresh Air interview of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, who was picked up by Americans as a suspect and then sent for interrogation to Syria as part of the program of extraordinary rendition. This is a sad and sorry state of affairs. Please check out this interview. Here is a brief intro of Maher Arar:
Maher Arar, a telecommunications engineer with dual Canadian and Syrian citizenship, was detained during a stop-over in JFK Airport in 2002 and deported on suspicion of being a member of Al Qaeda. He wound up in a Syrian prison where he was locked up and beaten for almost a year before protests from his wife led to his release.

Arar is pursuing a federal lawsuit charging that the United States government violated his constitutional right to due process as well as his right to choose a country of removal other than one in which he would be tortured, as guaranteed under the Torture Victim Protection Act.

Here is the full interview.


hedge said...

I'm surprised they eventually listened to his wife. Glad, but surprised.

But mainly, disgusted.

(also off-topic, have you seen this?)

Salman Hameed said...

I'm surprised they eventually listened to his wife. Glad, but surprised.

I think because she was dealing with Canadian authorities...

Interesting link about the Atheon - I will read more about it. I usually recoil when I hear the "Temple of Science" - they should use a different word, otherwise it sounds New-Agey. At the same time, I appreciate the idea of Cosmic background radiation on a stain window. Thanks for the link.

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