The New Witchfinder General

The case of Maher Arar isn’t really a laughing matter, but this little article in the Montréal Gazette is pure gold:

TORONTO – Maher Arar, the Canadian deported by the U.S. to Syria where he was imprisoned and tortured, has been selected by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

“He is an enduring symbol of the misuse of torture,” deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius said on Thursday.

(emphasis mine)

Okay then.  Just out of curiosity, Mr. Ignatius, what—in the estimation of Time‘s editorial board—is the proper use of torture?

No, really.  I’d like to know.  There’s a proper use for rigorous interrogation, and non-Geneva-violating psywar techniques… but where does Time see the bar for flat-out, hurt-for-the-sake-of-hurting, Boyd-and-Parker-style torture?

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