Monday, December 08, 2008

Why not Jerry Nadler for Senate?

I don't really see what Caroline Kennedy has to recommend her to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, except that her father and two of her uncles used to be in the Senate (one still is). Still, rather than thinking about what's wrong with her, what about considering what's right about some of the alternatives.

Here's a piece by Jerry Nadler about the Maher Arar case that serves as an object lesson for maybe why he should be considered.

Victim of US Rendition to Torture Should Be Allowed to Pursue Justice

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On December 9th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City will consider whether Bush Administration officials must answer for actions carried out against Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen. In September 2002, Mr. Arar was stopped by federal agents at JFK Airport, detained for days, and finally sent to Syria, where he was imprisoned in a grave-like cell for nearly a year and tortured. These officials argue that their conduct is not subject to review by the courts, largely because Mr. Arar's case implicates national security concerns.

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