Obama Administration: Don’t Question Sincerity of Torturers

The Supreme Court disgraced itself on Monday by torpedoing the appeal of Maher Arar, the Canadian who was kidnapped at John F. Kennedy International Airport and sent by the U.S. government to Syria for torturing.

The Canadian government has publicly apologized to Arar for providing false information to the U.S. government about Arar’s suspicious connections. The U.S. government has refused to admit it did anything wrong in shipping Arar to the Middle East to be tortured at U.S. behest.

The Obama administration vigorously opposed Arar’s motion to get justice and to discover the details of the U.S. government’s role in his horror trip. Obama’s Justice Department told the court that permitting discovery in Arar’s case could result in unfairly exposing or scrutinizing “the motives and sincerity of the United States officials who concluded that petitioner could be removed to Syria.”

Now we also have sovereign immunity for the reputation of torturers and torture enablers???


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9 Responses to Obama Administration: Don’t Question Sincerity of Torturers

  1. Lawrence June 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    This goes beyond “shoot the messenger.” There simply won’t be any messengers permitted. The Supremes should wear bags over their heads when appearing in public.

  2. Jim June 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Lawrence, they are already wearing bat suits.

    How much more goofy can they get?

  3. Lawrence June 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    That’s a good one!

  4. alpowolf June 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Christ on a crutch, the U.S. government argues–and the USSC buys into it–that belief in “the motives and sincerity of the United States officials” is somehow vital to the nation’s security? If we question said motives and sincerity, it will cause the deflector screens to drop?

    To think, I used to use the “clap harder” metaphor as sarcasm against the statists. Every day they place themselves further out of the reach of sarcasm!

  5. Jim June 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Alpowolf, I just don’t understand how the Statists get any oxygen to the brain, at least as far as where their heads seem to be.

    The argument in that Jus. Dept. brief captures the soul of what govt. has become….

  6. Marc June 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    There is nothing worse than scrutinizing the motives and sincerity of government officials. Apparently scrutiny comes in two different flavors – fair and unfair with unfair being defined as anything greater than no scrutiny at all.

  7. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit June 18, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Of course the torturers need sovereign immunity, you Big Silly Author. Otherwise, how can you expect them to do their jobs??? Sheeeesh….

    Though my personal favorite is that I *still* bump into people who’ll wonder about how stupid the Germans could have been to let the Nazis do what THEY were doing….

  8. Dirk W. Sabin June 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    “motives and sincerity of United States Officials”…now thats rich. this assumes that the individuals who assume their roles as Federal agents retain and utilize their own sense of ethics and morality. Well, i hate to break this to all the pollyannas who assert government is a stopgap, it suspends ethical actions and morality..like corporations do, in favor of that hypothetical construct known as the Corporation or Government. they operate on myth and best intentions gone ferklempt.


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