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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 05:55 PM
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U.S. rejects outside probe of Canadian sent to Syria
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Wednesday he had rejected a request from lawmakers that an outside special counsel investigate the case of a Canadian taken off a plane in New York and sent to Syria, where he says he was tortured.

Mukasey said under questioning at a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing that he did not believe that a special counsel was warranted "at this time."

Maher Arar, a Syrian-born software engineer, was taken into custody by U.S. officials during a 2002 stopover in New York while on his way home to Canada and then deported to Syria because of suspected links to al Qaeda.

Arar says he was imprisoned in Syria for a year and tortured. His case has become a sore spot in U.S.-Canada relations.

Three committee Democrats sent a letter on July 10 asking Mukasey to appoint an outside special counsel to investigate and prosecute any violations of federal criminal laws.



Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN23263853200...
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:06 PM
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1. I'll be so glad when this criminal administration is history.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:57 PM
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2. knr
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:02 PM
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3. Mukasey is a criminal himself
Like asking the wolves to police themselves in a field of sheep

BA BAA BAA
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