Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Difference between Canada & The United States

On the same day:

RCMP chief apologizes to Arar for 'terrible injustices'
"Mr. Arar, I wish to take this opportunity to express publicly to you and to your wife and to your children how truly sorry I am for whatever part the actions of the RCMP may have contributed to the terrible injustices that you experienced and the pain that you and your family endured," - RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli apologizing to Maher Arar on Thursday and indicating he accepts all the recommendations of a report criticizing the RCMP's role in the Canadian's deportation to Syria, where Arar was tortured.

Senate Passes Detainee Bill Sought by President Bush
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 — The Senate approved legislation this evening governing the interrogation and trials of terror suspects, establishing far-reaching new rules in the definition of who may be held and how they should be treated.

The vote, 65-to-34, came after more than 10 hours of often impassioned debate touching on the Constitution, the horrors of Sept. 11 and the nation’s role in the world, but it was also underscored by a measure of politics as Congress prepares to break for the final month of campaigning before closely fought midterm elections.

The legislation sets up rules for the military commissions that will allow the government to prosecute high-level terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It strips detainees of a habeas corpus right to challenge their detentions in court and broadly defines what kind of treatment of detainees is prosecutable as a war crime.

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