The CIA’s Secret Torture

Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar

by the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
Three volumes, 1,657 pp., available at www.ararcommission.ca/eng/26.htm

While Stephen Grey leaves no doubt that people subject to rendition are tortured, he also makes it clear how little we know of the world in which Americans in black dress and black masks escort people on secret planes to secret prisons to be tortured. As he observes, when the government claims someone is dangerous and a member of al-Qaeda, and the person arrested says he is an innocent farmer or businessman, how do we know the truth when we can’t see the government’s proof because it says the evidence must remain classified?

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