Liberty, War & Politics
Maher Arar: Canadian Citizen Betrayed to Torture
CIA sent him to Syria for torture
UPI, Washingtontimes.com, November 5, 2003
...A Canadian says the CIA detained him last year in New York as a
suspected terrorist and then sent him to Syria, where he was tortured for 10
Read Mr. Arar's story. I've excerpted some quotes:
CBC News Online, November 4, 2003
...There have been many allegations made about me in the media, all of them by
people who refuse to be named or come forward. So before I tell you who I am
and what happened to me, I will tell you who I am not.
I am not a terrorist. I am not a member of al-Qaeda and I do not know any one
who belongs to this group. All I know about al-Qaeda is what I have seen in the
media. I have never been to Afghanistan. I have never been anywhere near
Afghanistan and I do not have any desire to ever go to Afghanistan...
...I met my wife, Monia at McGill University. We fell in love and eventually
married in 1994. I knew then that she was special, but I had no idea how
special she would turn out to be.
If it were not for her I believe I would still be in prison...
...I spent 10 months, and 10 days inside that grave...
During the week, I heard a compelling
interview with Maher Arar and his wife on CBC Radio's The Current
in which he described his terrible ordeal. I was impressed by his wife who put
all that effort into saving him. Here is a clear-cut case where the institution
that worked to save an unjustly accused man was the traditional family - his
wife. Mr. Arar didn't visit Syria voluntarily. He was forced to go there.
Governments humiliated him, failed him and condemned him.
Canadian authorities helped get him home, but the question has to be asked how
and why Canadian authorities allowed American authorities to do this to a
Canadian citizen. Why wasn't he sent back home to Canada? Is it another
indicator of our subservience to the U.S. government?
Canada, like the U.S., has a tradition of respecting individual rights and the
rule of law rather than blindly worshipping arbitrary power. We must remember
the truth that innocent people are often arrested and falsely accused. Every
accused person needs due process.
Many Americans have forgotten their own heritage of rights and liberties except
as a mantra for war-making. They bow to their huge government and believe
everything they are told. Many Canadians are degrading their own sense of
justice by following along with Americans in absorbing the propagandist
fantasies of the U.S. government and justifying its abuses.
interview with John Manley, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada:
...Again, occasionally things happen that could be handled differently, and the
important thing is then to go back and say, well, what were the steps, what
were the procedures, what processes were followed in this case, and how do we
ensure that we operate in accordance with international principles in the
Mr. Manley makes it sound so complicated.
Here are some basic points to assist the Canadian government in future:
Determining guilt is not a matter of opinion or emotion.
I don't know what "international standards" he is referring to, but in Western
civilization, governments are required to justify detention of prisoners before
a judge, and torture is not used as a method for determining innocence - which
was the end result in this case.
If someone, possibly innocent, must be detained because of uncertainty over
terrorism, they should be treated with the utmost respect.
Being complicit in torture should be a crime.
Governments are not above the law.
Canada is a sovereign nation and it's not necessary to follow every order and
sick idea from the U.S.
Canada's decisions should be made based on justice and not on fear of economic
or other retaliation from the U.S.
Canada, in failing its citizens and its standards of justice, is lacking in
self-respect and is going to lose respect from every nation if it keeps this up
- including past and future immigrants and Americans.
Keep Refighting the Good
Be part of the War Party's problem
by Matthew Barganier, Antiwar.com, November 3, 2003
Review: 'Social Economy and the Price System' by Raymond T. Bye, Macmillan, New
by Murray N. Rothbard, Lewrockwell.com, 1952 article
...The theme runs constantly throughout the book: the consumer - every person -
cannot be trusted to run his own life and make his own decisions. At every
turn, he must be guided, harassed, and commanded by the all-wise State, acting
presumably under the advice of alleged "experts" in the proper procedures of
by Joseph Sobran, sobran.com, October 23, 2003
About Stalin's mass starvation of Ukrainians and how the Western media covered
...In Duranty's case, it [the New York Times] allowed itself to be
the tool of government lies; they just happened to be the lies of a foreign
government. And the purpose of those lies was to conceal a policy of mass
murder rarely equaled in history...
Boundaries of Knowledge
version of Bigfoot
Cnews.canoe.ca, June 30, 2003
Six people, one a radio reporter, say they saw the "mythical ape-like
animal" in central China's Shennongjia Nature Reserve...
More than 100 hundred sightings in that area. Also hair samples.