Sunday, March 06, 2005

'You're in a country without laws'

60 Minutes just aired a disturbing report on the U.S. policy of "rendition," the transport of terrorism suspects to countries where anti-torture laws are lax or non-existent. The segment included an interview with a man who was drugged and flown to Afghanistan, where he was held for five months by jailers who told him, "You're in a country without laws and no one knows where you are."

That jet, said to be operated by the CIA, has made more than 600 flights since Sept. 11, 2001. Egypt was a common stop. So were Libya and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ten flights were to Uzbekistan, where, according to a former British ambassador, interrogation techniques include boiling, drowning, rape, and suffocation.

Do we want our country involved in this kind of behavior?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rendition makes the Nevin very, very nervous. Especially when I began to re-read 1984 and the section describing "unpeople." Orwell is spinning in his grave.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Who was the Nevin? Never heard of him.

5:20 PM  

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