Over winter break, Kathryn Bigelow brought the Bush administration’s draconian regime of torture back in vogue with the release of the hit film Zero Dark Thirty. Oddly enough, some still object to “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in spite of Bigelow’s slick flick.
One can probably count Khaled el-Masri among this stubborn group.
Darryl Li, of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, recently wrote an intriguing article for Al Jazeera on el-Masri, the debate swirling around Bigelowe’s movie, and the legal framework underlying Bush’s torture and rendition policies. Quoting the European Court of Human rights, Li highlights a dreadful scene, following the early 2004 handover of el-Masri to CIA agents in Macedonia, in which he was “beaten severely from all sides” and “dragged to a corner of the room, where his feet were tied together.”
The horror of this episode is compounded by the fact that el-Masri was an innocent man.