LAND OF THE FREE-HOME OF THE BRAVE

Not any more.   This story says we are neither.  The Syrian born  Canadian in this story was returning from a vacation and was on his way back to Canada where he worked as an engineer.  He passed through the airport in NY and was detained by US authorities on suspicion of having terrorist ties.   He actually was fingered by the Mounties because he acted as a reference on an apartment application of a suspected terrorist.

He was held for 12 days and then shipped to Syria where he was held for 10 months while he was tortured.  He was compensated by the Canadian government with 10 million dollars.  Some might say “Well just what does this dude want”  I would answer by saying “JUSTICE”

Today in the 2nd circuit court they ruled he could not sue the Justice Department for the following reasons.

In a 7 to 4 decision, judges on the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian engineer, cannot sue the Justice Department because the lawsuit would “offend the separation of powers and inhibit this country’s foreign policy,” the judges stated.

Now if any body can actually tell me what the hell the decision actually says I would be surprised.  His defense lawyer did explain it and now I get it.  Here’s what he said:

“This decision says that US officials can intentionally send a man to be tortured abroad, bar him from any access to the courts while doing so, and then avoid any legal accountability thereafter,” said attorney David Cole, who argued the case before the court. “It effectively places executive officials above the law, even when accused of a conscious conspiracy to torture.”

Hence the title of this post.  Our reaction to 911 has been an ongoing act of  FEAR and Cowardly action.  Our Justice Department bends the law to say torture is legal and we all say I’m scared , stick it to them.  We subvert laws , write new ones, ignore treaties, ignore the constitution , put all officials above the law , because we are cowards and afraid.

To think our actions only applied to people caught on the field of battle in to be more than a little naive.  In the name of fear we pick anyone we want up on any bodies streets, send them to god knows where and do horrible things to them and you have to ask “What did we get out of it”  Absolutely nothing.  Recently two dozen WWII interrogators got together and commented on how they did business.

It had nothing to do with torture , they are astonished at the tactics used today and said they got much more by acts of kindness to prisoners then has been gotten today with torture.  All experts today say the same thing, but a country acting out of fear doesn’t look at evidence they do stuff that makes them feel like bad asses.  Never mind it made some of  feel ashamed of our country and our leaders actions.

Someday and I’m hoping soon, I can once again proudly hold my head up and say I’m an American.

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