Lack of evidence a ‘state secret,’ say US government lawyers

“Maher Arar, a Canadian software engineer who also holds Syrian citizenship, was detained when he was switching flights in New York to return to Ottawa from Damascus,” and sent back to Syria where he claims “he was tortured for 10 months.” Syria and Canada are both satisfied Arar has no connection to al Qaeda; Arar is naturally suing, but the United States wants the case “dismissed because it would ‘force the government to reveal classified information‘ about the plantiff’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda.”

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