Friday, January 19, 2007
The blog of Yale law student Vivek Krishnamurthy has a great audio clip Senator Patrick Leahy's questioning of the Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, on the case of Maher Arar. Mr. Arar is a Canadian citizen of Syrian origin who was detained at Kennedy Airport in 2002 and "rendered" to Syria, where he was detained in a coffin-sized cell for a year and subjected to brutal torture. The U.S. government alleged that Mr. Arar has connections to Al Qaeda, but a recent judicial inquiry in Canada concluded that there is not a scintilla of evidence to support this assertion. Listen to Senator Leahy tearing into Mr. Gonzales and the Bush Administration's policy of extraordinary rendition with an intensity rarely seen in Congressional proceedings. click here to hear the audio from CBC Radio.