Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Australia opens probe into US renditions....

As Scott Horton reports:
"Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian citizen, traveled to Pakistan in 2001, seeking work and religious schooling for his children. On October 5, 2001, he was arrested by Pakistani police while traveling by bus to Karachi. After several months of interrogation, he was sent to Egypt for five months, where he says he was subjected to intense torture including being shocked with high-voltage wires, hung from metal hooks on walls, and beaten. From Egypt he was transported to Guantánamo where he became prisoner No. 661. He was accused by U.S. authorities of having been in Afghanistan and having had advance knowledge of the September 11 attacks. American authorities subsequently conceded, however, that they had no evidence to support these accusations. The Australian government sought Habib’s return, and on January 28, 2005, he was returned and became a free man."

Who needs evidence you might ask when the person detained is a Muslim....found near Afghanistan? Unfortunately the governments of my country and Australia (and several others) didn't need any evidence....what helped Mr. Habid is the fact that an Egyptian intelligence person came forward and admitted Australians were complicit....

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