Monday, February 02, 2009

Everybody Just Calm Down

Yes, in issuing orders to close Guantanamo, and all of the CIA prisons, and to end torture, President Obama left the door open for this country to practice "rendition."

Before you get all lathered up, though, rendition is a perfectly proper international protocol when it is accompanied by measures such as notification to the Red Cross and allowing open tracking and communication with the person being rendered, and when there is a warrant for that person in the destination country. That is the process that Obama's "loophole" is referencing, not the "extraordinary rendition" that disappeared people into black holes under the Bush Administration.

Hilzoy at The Washington Monthly has a lengthy and well documented dissertation on the subject if you want to know more.

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