Sunday, January 09, 2005


Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Kidnapping people and torturing them until a confession is obtained? The CIA calls this practice "rendition" and claims it is legal under US law. Is this what El Busho's Attorney General candidate means by the Rule of Law?

When the bus reached the Serbia-Macedonia border, Mr. Masri said, he was asked the usual questions: Where are you going? How long will you be staying? Mr. Masri, a German citizen, did not think much of it, until he realized that the border guards had confiscated his passport.

The bus moved on, but an increasingly panicked (Khaled el-Masri) was ordered to stay behind. A few hours later, Mr. Masri, a 41-year-old unemployed car salesman, said he was taken to a small, windowless room and was accused of being a terrorist by three men who were dressed in civilian clothes but carrying pistols...

It was the first day of what Mr. Masri said would become five months in captivity. In an interview, he said that after being kidnapped by the Macedonian authorities at the border, he was turned over to officials he believed were from the United States. He said they flew him to a prison in Afghanistan, where he said he was shackled, beaten repeatedly, photographed nude, injected with drugs and questioned by interrogators about what they insisted were his ties to Al Qaeda.

...His lawyer, Mr. Gnjidic, said he thought that (Khaled el-Masri) had been confused with the Sept. 11 suspect Khalid al-Masri...
Source: New York Times
In addition to the immorality and gross human rights violations, these actions have other unfortunate side affects:
"I'm sure (the other prisoners) will take revenge, after what was done to them," Mr. Masri said. "Some said to me - we hope to get out of here and then have the power to make something happen against the Americans."


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