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Mukasey on Arar: It Was Safer to Send Him to Syria than Canada

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 23, 2008

The Attorney General just managed to say absolutely nothing about why the Justice Dept. won’t appoint a special prosecutor to look into the case of Maher Arar.

Arar is a Canadian who the U.S. judged a foreign terror suspect. They questioned him, found nothing, but, then, instead of sending him back to Canada, flew him to Syria.

Is this is an example of extraordinary rendition where the Justice Dept. sends officials to other countries to be tortured? Mukasey told Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) that he won’t appoint a special prosecutor “at this time.” Why was Arar sent to Syria? “It was safer than sending him to Canada,” Mukasey said. By that time Delahunt had gone over time, and Mukasey, again, dodged further interrogation.

When Mukasey joined the Justice Dept. last year, the idea was that the career federal prosecutor would investigate cases like Arar’s because they didn’t happen on his watch. But he’s been about as candid as Alberto Gonzales.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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