Back on the torture front, it now emerges that Canadian officials told the FBI that Maher Arar had no link to terrorism before the FBI arranged for the INS to send him off to the Syrian torture chambers. Indeed, it seems that Arar was deported precisely because the FBI doubted it had enough evidence to charge him with any crime. (But don’t worry: the Syrians promised they wouldn’t torture him, and an al-Assad’s word is his bond.)
Recall that Arar’s suit for damages was blocked under the “state secrets” doctrine.
Pray tell, what secret is being protected here? Surely the incompetence of the Bush Administration’s “war on terror” is as about as notorious as any fact could possibly be.
It’s the old story: the guy who says that the dictator is a fool gets three years in prison for insulting the dictator, and twenty more for revealing a state secret.