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January 15, 2004

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Good job, lots of stuff I haven't seen. I don't get it either. If he was suspected of being Al Queda, why didn't they either send him to Canada for extradition, or to Gatmo, or to a friendly power that would extract information from him?

Something's not adding up.

My best guess:
1. Wasn't important enough for Gitmo.
2. Canada wouldn't promise to lock him up, and they really didn't have enough evidence.
3. Since he was technically a Syrian citizen it was less legally problematic to send him there than to say, Egypt.

AFAIK, Gitmo has only people picked up in Afghanistan, un-uniformed enemy combatants. They have rules (they are not rules you or I may have picked, but they are rules) and the rules are followed. It's not just a miscelaneous detention centre for anyone they don't like.

Great, great, great series, Katherine, BTW. Thanks.

While I agree that something may be fishy here, I'm sticking by my explanation of why it all went down - the U.S. thought they could do it with impunity, they wanted to do it, so they did it. Don't get me wrong - I agree with Katherine's 'best guess' comment, but the question that Ashcroft asked himself and his peeps when Mr. Terrorist came through JFK was:

1. We want info from this cat. How do we get it with the least headache?

Was it that much effort? Nope. Certainly not as much as the other options. He's brown, he's Muslim, he was born in terror-land, and he's Canadian for Chris'sakes! How much more of a nobody do you want?! He admitted that he reads the Koran?! That's it. This guy is over.

They've got a removal unit to handle these situations - it's not that big a deal. They've got to have something for the unit to do once in a while. Racism played a part, of course, but that's nothing new. Terrorist-Terrorist-Terrorist-9/11-9/11-extraordinary rendition. What's the big deal? We right wingers own the US government, the Canadians are wimps - at best, let's do it. To think that anyone in the U.S. government gave this any more thought than Ashcroft having his lackey sign the actual papers, is a stretch AFAIC.

My long posts suck - sorry. I'm fired up. I'm trying to channel into something positive - promise!

"He's brown, he's Muslim, he was born in terror-land, and he's Canadian for Chris'sakes! How much more of a nobody do you want?! He admitted that he reads the Koran?! That's it. This guy is over."

Can we get real for a second here? I am the last person to condone the treatment of Mr. Arar, but my country is full of brown Muslims who read the Koran, and a majority of them were born in terror-land. I would notice if they were all missing all of a sudden.

I think if we consider the realistic case that man was detained because of faulty intelligence and work with that assumption, rather than blatant racism and stupidity, we would stand a better chance of learning what's going on.

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