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A very sad story about torture

Posted by direwolff on November 2, 2006

Someone who recently read my blog pointed me to the following speech by Maher Arar, who was ironically banned from entering the United States (ironic because he was basically abducted by a combination of the INS and the FBI at New York’s JFK Airport) to receive the Letelier-Moffitt International Human Rights Award in Washington DC on October 18th. Let me warn you in advance, his speech recounts his ordeal and it’s very sad. He puts a face on Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld’s cavalier attitudes on torture that no one can feel good about. His story also further supports the notion that the only thing that comes from torture is people admitting to anything you want them to if for no other reason than to have it stop, regardless if that means being put to death or jailed for life, just to stop the hell of being tortured.

Our government is supporting barbaric behavior and policies at every turn, from what we’ve heard and seen in the Abu Ghraib fiasco to the repeated stories we hear about inmates being released from Guantanamo Bay with no culpability. This is simply the behavior of an oppressive regime and spits in the face of the human rights and laws our nation claims to live by. Sorry, but our system is a sham if we can continue to accept this status quo.

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