[Vision2020] Innocent Man Sent to Syria and Tortured

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 10:25:58 PDT 2006

Joe et. al.

Of course not.

What do you call those who seize an innocent man, kidnap him to a foreign
nation against his will beyond help, deny him access to review of
his imprisonment by any court or judge or any resemblance to the fundamental
legal protections of habeas corpus, beat him, interrogate him, and take a
year of his life away?

Defenders of freedom!


In Brown v. Vasquez, 952 F.2d 1164, 1166 (9th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 112
S.Ct. 1778 (1992), the court observed that the Supreme Court has "recognized
the fact that`[t]he writ of habeas corpus is the fundamental instrument for
safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.'
Harris v. Nelson, 394 U.S. 286, 290-91 (1969). " Therefore, the writ must be
"administered with the initiative and flexibility essential to insure that
miscarriages of justice within its reach are surfaced and corrected."
Harris, 394 U.S. at 291.
Ted Moffett

On 9/19/06, Joe Campbell <joekc at adelphia.net> wrote:
> Careful, Ted! You don't want anyone to think that you're supporting
> terrorists with this post, do you?
> Best, Joe
> ---- Ted Moffett <starbliss at gmail.com> wrote:
> =============
> http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/innocent-man-sent-to-syria-and-tortured/20060918232609990016?ncid=NWS00010000000001
> Innocent Man Sent to Syria and Tortured, Probe Finds
> Canadian Report Faults Mounties, U.S. for Deportation
> TORONTO (Sept. 19) - The United States "very likely" sent a Canadian
> software engineer to Syria, where he was tortured, based on the false
> accusation by Canadian authorities that he was suspected of links to
> al-Qaida, according to a new government report.
> Syrian-born Maher Arar was exonerated of all suspicion of terrorist
> activity
> by the 2 1/2-year commission of inquiry into his case, which urged the
> Canadian government to offer him financial compensation. Arar is perhaps
> the
> world's best-known case of extraordinary rendition -- the U.S. transfer of
> foreign terror suspects to third countries without court approval.
> "I am able to say categorically that there is no evidence to indicate that
> Mr. Arar has committed any offense or that his activities constitute a
> threat to the security of Canada," Justice Dennis O'Connor said Monday in
> a
> three-volume report on the findings of the inquiry, part of which was made
> public.
> Arar was traveling on a Canadian passport when he was detained at New
> York's
> Kennedy Airport on Sept. 26, 2002, on his way home from vacation in
> Tunisia.
> Arar said U.S. authorities sent him to Syria for interrogation as a
> suspected member of al-Qaida, a link he denied.
> He spent nearly a year in prison in Syria and made detailed allegations
> after his release in 2003 about extensive interrogation, beatings and
> whippings with electrical cables.
> O'Connor criticized the U.S. and recommended that Ottawa file formal
> protests with both Washington and the Syrian government over Arar's
> treatment.
> "The American authorities who handled Mr. Arar's case treated Mr. Arar in
> a
> most regrettable fashion," O'Connor wrote. "They removed him to Syria
> against his wishes and in the face of his statements that he would be
> tortured if sent there. Moreover, they dealt with Canadian officials
> involved with Mr. Arar's case in a less than forthcoming manner."
> The U.S. is already under intense criticism from human rights groups over
> the practice of sending suspects to countries where they could be
> tortured.
> U.S. and Syrian officials refused to cooperate with the Canadian inquiry.
> The commission found the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shared information
> about Arar with American anti-terrorist agencies both before and after he
> was detained.
> The RCMP asked the U.S. to put Arar on a watch list as an "Islamic
> extremist
> individual" suspected of links to the al-Qaida terrorist movement, the
> report said.
> The request was issued after Arar met with another man who was under
> surveillance, a meeting Arar has said was about how to find inexpensive
> computer equipment.
> "The RCMP had no basis for this description, which had the potential to
> create serious consequences for Mr. Arar in light of American attitudes
> and
> practices," the report said.
> The RCMP described Arar as the "target" of a domestic anti-terrorist
> investigation in Canada when in fact he was a peripheral figure who had
> come
> under suspicion only because he had been seen in the company of the man
> who
> was under surveillance, the report found.
> O'Connor said that much of the material shared with U.S. authorities had
> not
> been double-checked to ensure its accuracy and reliability -- a violation
> of
> the RCMP's usual rules for divulging information to foreign agencies.
> O'Connor concluded that the inaccurate information passed by Canadian
> police
> to U.S. authorities "very likely" led to their decision to send Arar to
> Syria.
> "It's quite clear that the RCMP sent inaccurate information to U.S.
> officials," Arar said at a news conference in Ottawa. "I would have not
> have
> even been sent to Syria had this information not been given to them."
> "I have waited a long time to have my name cleared. I was tortured and
> lost
> a year of my life. I will never be the same," Arar said. "The United
> States
> must take responsibility for what it did to me and must stop destroying
> more
> innocent lives with its unlawful actions."
> The commission concluded there was no evidence Canadian officials
> participated in or agreed to the decision to send Arar to Syria. But
> O'Connor recommended that in the future, information should never be
> provided to a foreign country where there is a credible risk that it will
> cause or contribute to the use of torture.
> Most of the judge's 23 policy recommendations centered on the RCMP and
> emphasized the need to improve the force's internal policies for national
> security investigations and the sharing of information with other
> countries.
> Arar's case has been regularly featured on the front pages of Canadian
> newspapers and public outcry led to the government calling an inquiry.
> Canada's federal government established the inquiry in 2004 to determine
> the
> role Canadian officials played.
> O'Connor also found "troubling questions" about the role played by
> Canadian
> officials in the cases of three other Canadians of Arab descent -- Ahmad
> El
> Maati, Abdullah Almalki and Muayyed Nureddin. All claim they were tortured
> in Syria after traveling there on personal business, and all suspect that
> the RCMP, Canadian intelligence or both collaborated with their captors.
> O'Connor said he could not get to the bottom of those cases because of the
> limited nature of his mandate. But he urged the government to appoint an
> independent investigator -- something short of a full-fledged public
> inquiry
> -- to look into those cases.
> O'Connor sifted through thousands of pages of documents and sat through
> testimony from more than 40 witnesses. He delivered two versions of his
> report to the government: one classified, the other public. But portions
> of
> even the public edition of the long-awaited document were withheld due to
> security concerns.
> 9/19/2006 06:23:35
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> Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
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