Torture by proxy?

Kevin Hayden, the evil genius behind Open Source Politics, has launched a new group blog called The American Street. I’ll be posting every Tuesday.

My first contribution, Torture by Proxy? is up now. It discusses the case of Meher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen suspected — apparently on no very firm basis — of ties to al-Qaeda — whom the U.S. government shipped off to Syria for ten month’s worth of interrogation. Apparently the Syrian secret police promised Attorney General Ashcroft they wouldn’t torture Arar, and he believed them. (He says he still does.)

Arar is now back in Canada, charged with nothing.

I’m not certain of the facts here, but I’m pretty sure we shouldn’t be sending the Syrian torture machine new victims.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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