Because of this relationship, Pooler argues that the United States should be liable for the Syrians' torture of Arar
20) The Arar
decision is but one of a series of post-9/11 decisions that seem to have unfairly favored preserving national security at the expense of sacrificing individual liberties.
David Cole, a lawyer for Arar
, said: "The courts below ruled that federal officials cannot be sued for sending an innocent man to Syria to be tortured because the case would be too sensitive.
Following his release from Syrian detention, Arar
filed a civil action in 2004 against numerous individuals, including: former U.
Late last month, a US federal court of appeals ruled that the lawsuit brought by Arar
against former Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other senior government officials could not be heard.
was suspected, wrongly, of being an extremist.
While traveling through the United States on his Canadian passport in 2002, American authorities detained and accused Arar
of being a member of al Qa'ida, and then deported him to Jordan.
FOR A LONG TIME I HAVE HAD DOUBTS about Maher Arar
and how his case was resolved.
A Canadian Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
cleared him of all terrorism allegations.
19 with the account of Maher Arar
, a Canadian computer engineer who was picked up by U.
, a Canadian citizen, and Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen, both were detained for months on end and brutalized, Arar
at the hands of Syrian proxy torturers, and El-Masri allegedly by the CIA itself in Afghanistan.
He was recently a fact finder for the federal government's Commission of Inquiry into the case of Maher Arar
, a Syrian-born Canadian, who was arrested by U.