I was dismayed, to say the least, that once again Canada sullies itself in its reputation on human rights. Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese journalist held ‘by mistake’ for more than 6 years in Guantanamo, and who has recently met with Norwegian and Swiss human rights groups, speaks out on his interrogations during imprisonment – which included Canadian interrogators:
“Speaking with a calm voice that is nevertheless filled with pain, al-Hajj recounts the torture and the abuse he suffered in Guantanamo, especially during the two-hundred interrogation sessions in which 95 percent of the questions dealt with his employer, Al-Jazeera. ….
After six months in Kandahar, he was transported in chains in a plane to the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There, he lived the worst days a human being could live, and met with American, British and Canadian interrogators.”
This is another example of Canadian complicities in the US ‘war on terror’ lying under our country’s public face/mask of peace-making.