Radical historian Luke Stewart joins the show for a discussion on the complicity and the roles of the Canadian government in acts of torture to Canadian citizens and others. We discuss the case of Abdullah Almalki who survived months of torture and of his speaking tour with Matthew Berens, Resisting Rendition. We jump into the implications of using torture, and information gained thorugh the use of torture in the international "intelligence" community.
Abdullah Almalki of Ottawa, Ontario, was racially profiled, surveilled, harassed, and targeted by Canada's national security apparatus for torture and disappearance. All this was based on unfounded, false allegations that he posed a threat to national security. Torture is ultimately intended to silence its target, but to the great dismay of the RCMP and CSIS, Almalki did not disappear after 22 months of being tortured in Syria. Instead, he has carried on a remarkable public campaign that, while revealing the gross abuses he suffered and continues to experience because of Canadian government actions, has inspired many people to face the reality that their Canadian government is complicit in torture. Although Mr. Almalki's name was cleared by a highly secretive judicial inquiry, his struggle continues as he seeks an apology, accountability for those engaged in torture-complicit activities, compensation, and structural changes to ensure what happened to him never happens to anyone else.
more info about Almalki here: http://www.abdullahalmalki.com/
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