We knew damn well if Maher Arar went to Syria, he’d be tortured. It’s beneath the dignity of this country, a country that has always been a beacon of human rights, to send somebody to another country to be tortured . . . Let us not create more terrorism around the world by telling the world we cannot keep up to our basic standards and beliefs.

Senator Patrick Leahy, questioning Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the CIA’s kidnapping of Maher Arar.


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