Thursday, March 20, 2008
Last night we were out talking with some friends, one liberal and the other independent and they were saying what a great movie "Rendition" is, and how it's a true story. The story they described was nothing I had heard of, and I kept asking them if it was about the Canadian who was shipped back to Saudi Arabia and supposedly tortured, but they said 'No', this guy was an American in Egypt who got a phone call from a terrorist and was thus picked up and tortured.
So, this morning I looked up their website, and it has links to Wikipedia: Rendition the movie, which further leads to the real story. Long story short, there is almost no similarity between the real story and the movie. The only similarity is the fact of rendition.
The real guy was not American, but rather German. He married a German in 1994, and then divorced and married a Lebanese woman in 1996. He is ethnic Lebanese. He was arrested in Macedonia on suspicion of being the leader of the German terrorist cell which planned 911, and he was suspected of having a forged passport. Why did he travel to Macedonia, by himself? Supposedly on vacation! Right. Give me a break. At any rate, he was detained by Macedonian authorities for 3 weeks and then turned over to the CIA who flew him to Afghanistan for further questioning. His passport was verified not a forgery in 2 months later and released a month after that.
He has been trying to sue the US ever since, with the aid of the ACLU, however, he has been turned down in every court, all the way up to the Supreme Court. He has since burned down a store in Germany and been thrown in the loony bin. Of course he blames the US because they supposedly tortured him in Afghanistan.
He claimed on his citizenship request that he belonged to 'Al Tawhid', a rabble rousing group in Lebanon in the 1980s which strove to bring the world to monotheism, in other words islam.
The whole story sounds like something the muslims cooked up in order to 'push the envelope'. I don't believe for a second he traveled to Macedonia, by himself, on 'vacation'. But the movie has the ignorant masses in a lather! This movie is a classic example of pure Hollywood propaganda. Right up there with Al Gore's global warming farce.