Watching Maher Arar's Congressional testimony last week -- via satellite from Canada, because the Bush administration still refuses to allow him entry to this country despite being acquitted of all terror charges -- made me sick to my stomach. Putting aside what the administration has done to this wholly innocent man -- which is deplorable and cringe-inducing enough in and of itself -- for Rep. Dana Rohrbacher the ends justify the means. He has the audacity to defend the rendition and dismiss the subsequent torture of a family man who was guilty of nothing but having a similar name with a suspected terrorist and being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a "mistake." Absolutely shameful.
Is this the transformation our country has undergone? Have we really gone from the world's #1 human rights crusader to a nation of torture apologists? How do these people sleep at night?