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Friday, October 24, 2008

Kerry Pither, "The shameful truth," Ottawa Citizen, October 23, 2008.

[In Canada, complicity is almost a national value. Stephen Harper should declare a new holiday, maybe the long-awaited February stat, and call it National Complicity Day. He could even claim that it's the Liberals' fault. We can get together and mourn the day we got used to crooks at the top. -jlt]

  Mr. Almalki has described what it was like to be stuffed into a car tire and whipped.

It's no wonder CSIS, the RCMP and the government wanted to keep the Iacobucci inquiry so secret. Despite all the faults with the process, the inquiry's report offers up a startling and shameful record of Canadian complicity in torture. It effectively clears the names of men that the government has tried to portray as terrorists. And it backs up everything these men have said about what happened to them. In short, the report is bad news for the government, CSIS and the RCMP, and good news for Ahmad Abou-ElMaati, Abdullah Almalki and Muayyed Nureddin.

For years, these men have been saying they were tortured while they were in Syrian, and in the case of Mr. El-Maati, Egyptian detention as well. They've described in gut-wrenching detail how, among other unspeakable atrocities, they were whipped with cables, and, in the case of Mr. El-Maati, subjected to electric shock.

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