One More Field Outsourced...
The New Yorker (02.07)
Dude! Can't we keep any jobs in this country??? Now torture is going overseas too? >sigh<
On January 27th, President Bush, in an interview with the Times, assured the world that "torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people to countries that do torture." Maher Arar, a Canadian engineer who was born in Syria, was surprised to learn of Bush’s statement. Two and a half years ago, American officials, suspecting Arar of being a terrorist, apprehended him in New York and sent him back to Syria, where he endured months of brutal interrogation, including torture. When Arar described his experience in a phone interview recently, he invoked an Arabic expression. The pain was so unbearable, he said, that "you forget the milk that you have been fed from the breast of your mother."Uh, not to be politically incorrect but... uh, who actually remembers the taste of mother's milk? Come on dude, that's not kinda weird: it is weird.
Arar, a thirty–four–year–old graduate of McGill University whose family emigrated to Canada when he was a teen-ager, was arrested on September 26, 2002, at John F. Kennedy Airport. He was changing planes; he had been on vacation with his family in Tunisia, and was returning to Canada. Arar was detained because his name had been placed on the United States Watch List of terrorist suspects. He was held for the next thirteen days, as American officials questioned him about possible links to another suspected terrorist. Arar said that he barely knew the suspect, although he had worked with the man’s brother. Arar, who was not formally charged, was placed in handcuffs and leg irons by plainclothes officials and transferred to an executive jet. The plane flew to Washington, continued to Portland, Maine, stopped in Rome, Italy, then landed in Amman, Jordan.HEY! They invited him to watch a spy thriller! Wonder which one it was? Bourne Identity probably. Good film. 2nd one was a bit better... the movies we always seem to get when we fly suck. Cheaper By The Dozen and Mona Lisa Smiles. Crap like that. It seems like the better movies are always going the other direction and they just happen to change the day before we return. Someone at the airlines hates us.
During the flight, Arar said, he heard the pilots and crew identify themselves in radio communications as members of "the Special Removal Unit." The Americans, he learned, planned to take him next to Syria. Having been told by his parents about the barbaric practices of the police in Syria, Arar begged crew members not to send him there, arguing that he would surely be tortured. His captors did not respond to his request; instead, they invited him to watch a spy thriller that was aired on board.
Ten hours after landing in Jordan, Arar said, he was driven to Syria, where interrogators, after a day of threats, "just began beating on me." They whipped his hands repeatedly with two–inch–thick electrical cables, and kept him in a windowless underground cell that he likened to a grave. "Not even animals could withstand it," he said. Although he initially tried to assert his innocence, he eventually confessed to anything his tormentors wanted him to say. "You just give up," he said. "You become like an animal."Yes, but an animal that can't remember the taste of his mother's milk?
Alright, all kidding aside, here's the deal: we're outsourcing torture. We're not doing anymore, but we're "disappearing" folks to the not so nice places in this world that are willing to do it and want to curry favor with us.
Torture. Can you believe it? We're actually torturing folks (or having others do it for us so we can say that technically we aren't... but we are).
Torture makes the baby Jesus cry.