One blog I love to keep tabs on is Dispatches from the Culture Wars by Ed Brayton. He's always got some good ideas about current events, whether political or scientific. Today I read something shocking there. He put up a very troubling post yesterday, Tortured Canadian on No Fly List. I urge you to check it out.
Maher Arar is the Canadian citizen the US government thought might be a terrorist. They grabbed him when he was transferring between flights in New York and flew him to Syria to be tortured for ten months. There was no trial, no notification to anyone, he simply disappeared. And the truly horrible part is that he's completely innocent. The Syrians finally figured that out and let him go. The US government has acknowledged that he was a victim, not a terrorist.
The latest indignity this man must suffer is that the United States continues to keep him on a no fly list. Recently he couldn't come to this country to receive a human rights award. This is ridiculous. The US government knows this person is no threat. They need to remove him from the no fly list. But they don't, probably to avoid the embarrassment of having him speaking out in this country.
Cases like this are what make me crazy mad about the activities of the Bush administration in the use of torture and the holding of people without trial and without legal rights. Bush keeps saying that he needs this power in order that terrorists can be questioned properly. But how will anyone know that the people being picked up are really terrorists. Mr. Arar certainly wasn't. Just because there are evil people in the world, I don't want us to lose our system of justice that treats people as innocent until proven guilty.