President Obama and the American people may have moved on from policies and decisions made in the wake of the September 11th 2001 terror attacks, but people in the rest of the world who became victims of some of those decisions are not ready to move on. They are calling out for justice.
The European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that America's treatment of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, "amounted to torture," and that his capture, kidnapping and disappearance violated the basic tenants of human rights.
Nine years ago, el-Masri was seized by local security officers in Macedonia. He was then held for 23 days at the request of the U.S. government and then turned over to the CIA. At their behest he was flown to Kabul, Afghanistan and held for over four months in an American-run cell. He was never charged with a crime. He was never offered counsel. He never got to speak to his family. After all that it turns out the American officials had the wrong guy.
Jim Goldston, is a lawyer for el-Masri and is also the executive director of the Open Society Institute.