the new yorker ran this week a jane meyer piece regarding extraordinary rendition
, the reviling and entirely savage practice of the bush administration by which uncharged detainees are exported to nations like syria and egypt for the purpose of torturing them and extracting information (regardless of quality) for american intelligence agencies.
Rendition was originally carried out on a limited basis, but after September 11th, when President Bush declared a global war on terrorism, the program expanded beyond recognition—becoming, according to a former C.I.A. official, “an abomination.” What began as a program aimed at a small, discrete set of suspects—people against whom there were outstanding foreign arrest warrants—came to include a wide and ill-defined population that the Administration terms “illegal enemy combatants.” Many of them have never been publicly charged with any crime. Scott Horton, an expert on international law who helped prepare a report on renditions issued by N.Y.U. Law School and the New York City Bar Association, estimates that a hundred and fifty people have been rendered since 2001. Representative Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts and a member of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, said that a more precise number was impossible to obtain. “I’ve asked people at the C.I.A. for numbers,” he said. “They refuse to answer. All they will say is that they’re in compliance with the law.”
if you still retain any doubt that all sense of morality
is lost among the cancerous, evil jacobins
in the white house, who are apparently intent on becoming
everything our forefathers despised and fought, read the entire lengthy article.