Jun. 2, 2005

Washington Is the Source of Terror

Washington Is the Source of Terror

by Paul Craig Roberts

06/02/05 - - The U.S. government gave the slave trade a boost by offering money for al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Afghan and Pakistani warlords simply rounded up people who looked Arab or foreign and sold them to the Americans as captured fighters. The 'fighters' apparently included relief workers, refugees, and Arab businessmen. The tribunals looking into the classification of Guantanamo prisoners as 'enemy combatants' have uncovered numerous examples of hapless victims of a naive U.S. government too flush with money.

The Bush administration, of course, denies that it bought its detainees, as it denies everything. However, on May 31, 2005, Michelle Faul of the Associated Press reported that in March 2002, leaflets and broadcasts from helicopters in Afghanistan enticed Afghans to 'Hand over the Arabs and feed your families for a lifetime.' One leaflet said: 'You can receive millions of dollars. This is enough to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life, pay for livestock and doctors and school books and housing for all your people.'.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And a story that compliments that one nicely is the terrorist actions of the US government on a Canadian citizen.

Canada refused U.S. appeal to jail Arar :

06/02/05 "Globe and Mail"

"The Canadians said to the Americans, we have a Charter of Rights

. . . we don't have cause to arrest and press charges and put him in jail,"



An internal RCMP inquiry into the Arar affair has previously determined that the RCMP shared information about Mr. Arar with the FBI during the nearly two weeks that he was detained in New York in early October of 2002.

The Garvie Report also found that U.S. officials had asked the Mounties whether they had grounds to charge Mr. Arar.

Mr. Arar's legal team has long suspected that he was then sent to Syria because the Mounties could not promise to jail him in Canada. But no hint of this had emerged before in either public testimony at the inquiry or in the document record.

Lorne Waldman, Mr. Arar's lawyer, said Mr. De Bané's testimony revealed for the first time that the Mounties were aware of both the threat that Mr. Arar might be deported to Syria, and of the U.S. insistence that he could not be returned to Canada unless he were imprisoned here.

"We've never had evidence before that Canadian officials knew he couldn't be deported to Canada because he couldn't be arrested [here]," Mr. Waldman said.

A six-page foreign affairs briefing note prepared for Mr. De Bané before his mission to Damascus in 2003 is entirely blacked out in government-redacted documents made public by the inquiry.


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