06.14.10

Comment On The Supreme Court’s Denial Of Certiorari In Arar v. Ashcroft

“The United States’ secret rendition of Maher Arar to Syria, where he was tortured for nearly a year, remains a stain on this nation’s legacy as a human rights leader around the world.  We know that Mr. Arar was detained by American authorities, who deported him not to his country of residence, Canada, where he would have been questioned and investigated, but to Syria, a country known for torturing detainees.  The Canadian government has publicly cleared Mr. Arar of any links to terrorism, yet the United States has continued to deny culpability in this case, citing the too-often used state secrets privilege.  I am disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari in this case.”

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