Monday, December 27, 2004


This is a very interesting, and potentially troubling, article about the CIA practice of "rendition," whereby terror suspects are secretly taken from one country to another for questioning.
The CIA has the authority to carry out renditions under a presidential directive dating to the Clinton administration, which the Bush administration has reviewed and renewed.
Which shows that the government's interest in this practice is bipartisan.

Stuart Buck


Blogger TWM said...

This seems like a smart thing to do no matter who thought of it. I don't see how it is potentially troubling either, but then I don't worry too much about what happens to terrorists - in any country.

But don't hold your breath waiting on any Democrat to admit Clinton did this "sneaky" stuff too . . .

9:55 PM  
Blogger Michael Drake said...

"admit Clinton did this "sneaky" stuff too"

I have no problem whatever admitting Clinton did what the WaPo says he did.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"presidential directive dating back to the Clinton admin.".....nice way to word it. Clinton was preznit in '89? google much? oh that's "right" you actually didn't SAY Clinton signed it in....nice

"What once resembled "kidnapping" re-entered the public lexicon in 1989 as "rendition." Then CIA director William H. Webster told The Washington Post the new law would allow the agency to arrest suspects in the downing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. As Webster explained it, "You have a different set of circumstances in a country like Lebanon which has no capacity to provide law enforcement or assistance." In subsequent years, high-profile suspects "rendered" to the U.S. have included Manuel Noriega, hijacker Fawaz Yunis, and Humberto Alvarez-Machain, a Mexican doctor accused of helping torture and murder a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Alvarez-Machain was later acquitted"

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original turn of phrase was in the WaPo article. I suspect that in this case, like in many others, there was a directive in '89, and another directive signed by Clinton modifying the rules or restrictions, but leaving the practice legal.

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