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Thursday, September 30, 2004

"Extraordinary Rendition"

Worrying news from the States from Obsidian Wings via Empire Notes:
The Republican leadership of Congress is attempting to legalize extraordinary rendition. "Extraordinary rendition" is the euphemism we use for sending terrorism suspects to countries that practice torture for interrogation. As one intelligence official described it in the Washington Post, "We don't kick the shit out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the shit out of them.?
Recall that "terrorist suspects" has proved to be a broad category potentially including anyone, but disproportionately applied to those from ethnic minorities. It doesn't seem unfair to describe this as the legalisation of torture. Not only morally abhorrent, but a flagrant violation of the UN Convention on Torture to which the US is a signatory.

I know for a fact that I have a number of American readers and it is you who this post is primarily directed. Write to your representative, talk of your friends about it or take to the streets. Those of us elsewhere in the world can do our bit by raising awareness, perhaps even blogging about it, as Obsidian Wings suggests. This, as you may have gathered, is my own small contribution to that effort.

What are you waiting for?

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