Friday, February 25, 2005

Simply atrocious

President Bush this week made public calls for Syria to pull out of Lebanon or risk severe consequences. But New York Times columnist Bob Herbert reports that Syrians, who are on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, apparently aren't so bad if our government thinks someone needs to be roughed up for a while:

"Mr. Arar was surreptitiously flown out of the United States to Jordan and then driven to Syria, where he was kept like a nocturnal animal in an unlit, underground, rat-infested cell that was the size of a grave. From time to time he was tortured.

"He wept. He begged not to be beaten anymore. He signed whatever confessions he was told to sign. He prayed.

"Among the worst moments, he said, were the times he could hear babies crying in a nearby cell where women were imprisoned. He recalled hearing one woman pleading with a guard for several days for milk for her child.

"He could hear other prisoners screaming as they were tortured."

You can read Herbert's whole column here. Do we really want our government acting like this?


Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"Do we really want our government acting like this?" I think I speak for all civilized people when I say "no." Of course, that's been my answer since early 2001.

Unfortunately, I think the article, like many other exposes of appalling Bush administration activities, will quietly fade into the background. That, or the White House will begin a character assassination of Mr. Herbert.

"individuals are abducted by American authorities and transferred, without any legal rights whatever, to a regime skilled in the art of torture." I can't believe the government is outsourcing something they've so convincingly proven (at Abu Garib and Gitmo) their mastery in.

12:47 PM  

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