I know many don’t care, especially since the “person” in this case is German, and hence not really an “human” who should have rights, but it is another example of abuse and dentention of the wrong person.
The reason it is interesting is because the US has apparently admitted that this was a mistake… which means he wasn’t guilty and didn’t deserve it, in case you missed that. Obviously I don’t know what the alleged “torture” entails.
German Man Claims U.S. Tortured Him
WASHINGTON - A German man alleged in a lawsuit Tuesday that the CIA held him captive and tortured him in
Afghanistan last year after the spy agency mistakenly identified him as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the U.S. has acknowledged making a mistake in the man’s arrest.
“I’m happy to say we have discussed the one case, which the government of the United States has of course accepted as a mistake,” Merkel said after meeting with Rice.
The suit names as the main defendant former CIA Director George Tenet. In addition to torture, he claims his due process rights were violated and that he was subjected to “prolonged, arbitrary detention.” He is seeking damages of at least $75,000.
“I am asking the American government to admit its mistakes and to apologize for my treatment,” al-Masri said in a written statement. “Throughout my time in the prison, I asked to be brought before a court but was refused. Now I am hoping that an American court will say very clearly that what happened to me was illegal and cannot be done to others.”
The CIA rendition program, in which terror suspects are captured and taken to foreign countries for interrogation, has been heavily criticized by human rights groups.
The scope of the program has not been disclosed by the CIA. However, Amnesty International claimed Monday that six planes used by the CIA for renditions have made some 800 flights in or out of European airspace, including 50 landings at Shannon International Airport in Ireland.
Anyway, just a note. If folks are annoyed because I used the phrase “willy-nilly” to describe the torture going on – I get to be just as annoyed that innocent people are in fact being tortured.
Human rights isn’t something that should be ignored, especially by the country that is busily telling other countries to respect human rights. It’s insanity, as well as hypocrisy, and par for the course with the Bush administration.