it might just be me, but…

is it hard to believe RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli was sincere when he publicly apologized to Maher Arar?
September 29, 2006, 10:58 pm
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Last night, before going to bed, I saw the clip of Zaccardelli as he appologized to Maher Arar before some committee or other. He appeared very sincere. I was taken by the directness of his appology, the clarity of the words chosen, the solemnity of his tone – the openess, in a way. He admitted a wrong had been done, and he acknowledged the horrible experience Arar and his family suffered. And he said he was sorry. Can you imagine anyone in the Bush administration doing such a thing?

But it came only after a 2 year long investigation; only after a ‘damning’ judgement that pointed directly to the actions of the RCMP as being the largest contributor to this family’s nightmare. Only after revelations of such deeply calculated, dishonest, malicious and racist behaviour on the part of the RCMP such as denying Arar’s assertion he had been tortured in a Syrian prison; revelations of having leaked FALSE information linking him with Al Quaeda in some sort of callus attempt to discredit Arar and his charges against him. So, within the greater context, I tempered my immediate response — which was relief to see justice finally done, in some manner. And of course I couldn’t help but feel smug in the fleeting thought, “this wouldn’t have happened in the U.S. We’re better than that.” and thus, of course, erasing any claim to that smugness with such a thought.

And what about that report? In reading the front page excerpts (just an armchair quarterback, me) of the judgment that came down in the report, after all was said and done, it seemed to couch EVERYONE’S actions in every euphemism for ‘lying’ that exists. Even constructed some new ones, as far as I could tell.

The media call the report damning. I think those guys got off easy, as far as I can tell.

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