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CIA retains right to carry out renditions


(I wrote about this on Jan 25 - Change you CAN'T believe in)

source - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5636297.ece

The banner headlines greeting President Obama’s decision to close the detention centre at Guantánamo Bay and secret CIA prisons may have concealed how he has retained one of the most controversial weapons in the War on Terror.

Under executive orders signed on January 22, the CIA appears to have preserved its authority to carry out renditions – by which hundreds of terrorist suspects have been abducted and transferred to prisons in countries with questionable human rights records such as Egypt, Morocco or Jordan. [Oh, there's no question at all]

The measure, disclosed by the Los Angeles Times yesterday, gives some indication of how Mr Obama’s promise of change may be slower to be realised than once hoped, with the new Administration coming under concerted attack across a range of issues.

An administration official was quoted yesterday defending rendition. "Obviously you need to preserve some tools. You still have to go after the bad guys," said the official. "It is controversial in some circles. But if done within certain parameters, it is acceptable." [The 'parameter' being whose fingernails are being pulled, and who is doing the pulling. If this sort of thing is "acceptable" then what makes one side any more "good" than the other?]

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Rick GComment by Rick G - February 2, 2009, 10:55 am
This bullcrap is NOT acceptable. The last quote from the admin. official could just as easily have been said by Donald Rumsfeld. It was wrong then and it's wrong now.

Americans have to stop and take a deep look into their own souls and decide what it means to be an American and a human being. This whole thing is just wrong. I can't even watch my fav. show, '24' anymore because deep down I know that it is propaganda being used against us to tell us it's OK to torture...'sometimes'.
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 2, 2009, 11:43 am
You want torture? Watch The View or Bill Moyers.
konaneComment by konane - February 2, 2009, 3:24 pm
Don't do as I do when occupying office , do as I say I'm going to change .... while campaigning.

Yes I agree the 'View' is insufferable torturous drivel. ;-]

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