Video: Maher Arar speaks out
The former CIA rendition victim speaks exclusively to Al Jazeera's Josh Rushing.
Last Modified: 04 May 2009 07:22 GMT

Maher Arar is the most well-known victim of the Bush administration's notorious policy of extraordinary rendition.

He was seized at Kennedy International Airport in 2002 as he tried to change planes on his way home to Canada from a family vacation.

He was held in solitary confinement and subjected to harsh questioning before being sent to Syria, where he was tortured and imprisoned for nearly a year.

After an extensive investigation that concluded that Arar had no ties to terror, the Canadian government offered him a formal apology and compensation worth millions of dollars.

More Fault Lines

 Watch the full interview with Richard Armitage
Watch the full interview with Maher Arar

 More on Fault Lines
 More Fault Lines videos
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Arar told Josh Rushing that he has yet to see any encouraging signs from the Obama administration when it comes to reversing the "atrocities" of the last eight years and that the president should appoint a special commission to investigate the Bush administration's "crimes against humanity".

Arar says he believes torture is still going on under the Obama administration and that he will continue to try to litigate his case in the US to bring closure to his ordeal.

The first episode of Fault Lines can be seen from Thursday, April 16, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600, 1630; Friday: 0130, 0830; Saturday: 1130, 2330; Sunday: 0630, 2030; Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 1230, 1930; Wednesday: 0300, Thursday: 0600, 1630.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.