Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Canadian police errors led to man's torture

We're really, really sorry about the whole testicular-electrocution thing. It was a big misunderstanding, like that show Three's Company. One day we'll all be able to look back on this and laugh.

Canadian police wrongly identified an Ottawa software engineer as an Islamic extremist, prompting U.S. agents to deport him to Syria, where he was tortured, an official inquiry concluded on Monday.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sorry we mistook you for an Islamic extremist and had you deported to Syria and tortured.

Maher Arar, who holds Canadian and Syrian nationality, was arrested in New York in September 2002 and accused of being an al-Qaeda member.

That'll teach him to take a vacation.

In fact, said the judge who led the probe, all the signs point to the fact Arar was innocent.

Unforunately for Mr. Arar, there was no need to deal with the facts in his case.

Arar, 36, says he was repeatedly tortured in the year he spent in Damascus jails, and the inquiry agreed that he had been tortured. He was freed in 2003.

A full year of torture? Man, that's no fun. This just goes to show all you kids out there. Don't be middle eastern. They burn you with cigarettes.


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