Patrick Leahy, Congressman from Vermont, takes Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to task for the Maher Arar case in a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing. It’s good to see someone in the US Government realizing that Canada (as well as the rest of the world) sometimes wonders what has happened to the USA that they thought they used to know. It’s certainly not the kind of country that now sends a Canadian citizen off to the Syria because they suspect that he might be a terrorist.
We knew damn well if he went to Canada, he wouldn’t be tortured! If he were held, he would be investigated. We also knew damn well if he went to Syria, he’d be tortured.
Here’s the whole exchange:
Someone here the other day told me that the US today (as it relates to Canada) was like ‘Someone had stolen away your big brother and replaced him with someone that you don’t recognize any more.’ With people like Gonzales running things, it’s no wonder that they don’t recognize the US. I certainly don’t.
BTW, for those outside Canada who don’t know of the case, Maher Arar was a Canadian citizen who was stopped at JFK airport, sent to Syria to be tortured and later was found to be completely innocent. He got a formal apology from the Canadian government, along with $10.5 million in damages. Say what you will about Harper, he’s no snake like Gonzales.