Friday, January 27, 2006

Outsourcing Torture

Either I've been under a rock (perhaps true) or this story has been very underreported by the North American media. Allegations and investigations are flying in Europe, however, about the CIA secretly transporting prisoners captured in the war on terrorism to Eastern Europe (bypassing customs and immigration in the process) and having them tortured there. The process involves moving suspects to jurisdictions where harsh interrogation tactics are permitted, thereby sidestepping US law (and/or public opinion) about the treatment of prisoners. Human rights groups are of course jumping with glee/outrage at this, and while these people are often too quick to criticise the US while defending those who might be close to indefensible, I think they are bang on in this case to draw attention to this situation.


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