Rendition and Interrogation in the War on Terror

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It is not a familiar word to most Americans, but it's been US policy since President Ronald Reagan approved it in 1986. "Rendition" is the practice of sending suspected terrorists to other countries with reputations for treating prisoners in ways that are illegal in the United States. When it comes to American laws against torture, CIA Director Porter Goss says his agency is "erring on the side of caution," though he won't deny there might have been past abuses of suspects in the so-called War on Terror. Goss says those countries promise not to torture, but prisoners who have been "rendered" tell a different story. We explore the nature of the claims and what is allowable under American law with journalists, experts in constitutional law and a veteran CIA expert in counter-terrorism.
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Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Testimony of CIA Director Porter Goss to Senate Armed Services Committee

Abu Ali

Center for Constitutional Rights investigates case of torture survivor Maher Arar

Priest's recent article on CIA, White House's defense of transferring terror subjects

Scheuer's op-ed piece on rendition in New York Times

Statewatch on rendition

French Ambassador to UN on Security Council Resolution on Darfur

UN on Sudan

BBC on arrest of officials in Darfur crimes



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