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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Report: "Renditions: Constraints Imposed By Laws on Torture"

Extradition is the usual and legal process of transferring a suspected terrorist from one country to another for the purposes of interrogation, arrest, detention, and trial. Extradition exists when countries sign treaties of extradition.

Rendition, on the other hand, is the extrajudicial transfer of a suspected terrorist (or other criminal) from one country to another. The United States has been accused of conducting extraordinary renditions of terrorist suspects and handing them over to countries friendly to the US but who are not constrained by the same laws regarding treatment of prisoners as the US.

On April 28, 2005, the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, released a report entitled Renditions: Constraints Imposed By Laws on Torture. The report discusses relevant international and US law regarding the transfer of persons to foreign states to be interrogated under torture. It also discusses US legislative proposals to limit such transfers to countries employing torture.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we assume that the Israelis are the "masters of interrogation," then we must question why the U.S. would utilize "less than the best" to perform "renditions." I would wager that some (if not most) of the renditions have been conducted in countries other than in "Eastern Europe."

11:55 AM, December 03, 2005  

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