Extraordinary Justice

The Supreme Court won’t hear the case of Khaled el-Masri who is another victim of this Administrations “war on terror”. As reported:

“Mr. Masri contended in his suit that he was seized by local law enforcement officials while vacationing in Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003. At the time, he was 41 years old and an unemployed car salesman.“They asked a lot of questions — if I have relations with Al Qaeda, Al Haramain, the Islamic Brotherhood,” Mr. Masri said in a 2005 interview with The New York Times. “I kept saying no, but they did not believe me.”

After 23 days, he said, he was turned over to C.I.A. operatives, who flew him to a secret C.I.A. prison in Kabul. There, Mr. Masri said, he was kept in a small, filthy cell and was shackled, drugged and beaten while being interrogated about his supposed ties to terrorist organizations. At the end of May 2004, Mr. Masri said, he was released in a remote part of Albania without ever having been charged with a crime.

The C.I.A. has never acknowledged any role in Mr. Masri’s detention. But investigations in Europe, as well as news reports in the United States, have bolstered his version of events. German prosecutors issued arrest warrants in January for 13 suspected C.I.A. agents believed to have taken part in the operation that swept up Mr. Masri.”

But Mr. Masri is not entitled to justice in the new America of George W. Bush and company.

For as the same article reports, the Supreme Court refused to take the case because of the possibility of revealing “State Secrets”.

“The justices’ refusal to take the case of Khaled el-Masri let stand a March 2 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va. That court upheld a 2006 decision by a federal district judge, who dismissed Mr. Masri’s lawsuit on the grounds that trying the case could expose state secrets.”

Extraordinary isn’t it?

This isn’t the America that I grew up studying in Civics Class.
Where Courts were there to protect us from an over-reaching government. Where freedom wasn’t just another word for nothing left to lose. And where Democracy meant transparency and we had a nation that led us on the belief in the possible, and not by denying us freedom through fear.

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About Robert Freedland

A concerned American and supporter of Senator John Kerry, I am the author of the blog "John Kerry for President 2008". I am also the author of the stock market investing blog, "Stock Picks Bob's Advice".
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3 Responses to Extraordinary Justice

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    There is no way in hell that I want that sort of thing done in my name. I mean, the record here is admittedly thin, but there is no indication that a huge mistake was not made. The end result here, then, becomes not only that the victim is presented with no remedy, but no one is required to take any liability of any sort.

    If we are going to be satisfied with a system where we impose no accountibility it is guaranteed to come back to haunt us in ways we can’t even imagine.

  2. But… but… to hear the case would be to admit that we do Rendition and Torture. Amazing isn’t it? What a country we have become. From the greatest nation to ??? Well there are no words.

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