In 2002, Maher Arar, an engineer travelling home to Montreal, was kidnapped by U.S. officials, flown to Syria and abused(pdf). Now, would you believe, he thinks that being illegally detained, rendered and beaten entitles him to justice! Not in Obama’s America, my friend…

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the government by a Canadian citizen who, under suspicion of being connected to Al Qaeda, was sent by U.S. authorities to be tortured in Syria.

Arar and his family remain on a U.S. watch list, and the United States has never officially apologized or admitted it made a mistake.

Instead, Obama’s Justice Department told the Supreme Court that Arar’s case remained too secret for justice, and that the U.S. law offers no recourse for him.

Too secret for justice“? Hrm, that’s odd: who was it that promised to “change…the problem [of]…secrecy dominating government actions“? Why, that’s it: Barack Obama! Now, with secret wars, secret prisons and this tight-lipped despotism, his government is as clear as a curry-house’s window panes. “To me,” says Henry Hill in the opening of Goodfellas, “Being a gangster was better than being President of the United States.” Oh, Henry: which poor naif said that you couldn’t aim for both?