Extraordinary Rendition

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Extraordinary Rendition

What is extraordinary rendition? Rendition usually means to transfer someone from one country to another, outside all judicial or administrative due process. Under this practice, the CIA is delivering terror suspects into the hands of foreign intelligence services without extradition proceedings. It has been practiced and will continue to be practiced between countries that do not have extradition agreements to cover such accusations of torture.

Suspects have been sent to Syria, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan, countries whose abusive practices have been documented and condemned by the State Department's annual human rights report. Along with the prisoner, the CIA provides the foreign intelligence services a list of questions it wants answered. The purpose in many cases appears to have been to transfer those people to a place where they can be tortured in hopes that the information wanted is given at any cost.

Whether this is due to moral cowardice or practicality is not crucial. The point is that U.S. democracy is failing to control the executive while President Bush restates the words the “war on terrorism” and does as he pleases without consequences.

Many Americans have been appalled by the horrific tales that have occurred at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Others have questioned whether the U.S. refusal to accept the International Criminal Court pertains to the idea that some Americans may be guilty of war crimes. On top of that, others have wonder why it took so long for President Bush to endorse Senator John McCain’s resolution against the use of torture. More so, some have questioned how the Bush’s legacy continues their impunity.

Torture is illegal in the United States, by law, Constitution and international convention. Not only may the United States not engage in the practice, even in wartime, the law explicitly prohibits sending a person to another nation where there is good reason to believe he might be tortured.

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