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"Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns"

The men are the latest example of how the Obama administration has embraced rendition — the practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process — despite widespread condemnation of the tactic in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Renditions are taking on renewed significance because the administration and Congress have not reached agreement on a consistent legal pathway for apprehending terrorism suspects overseas and bringing them to justice.

Congress has thwarted President Obama’s pledge to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and has created barriers against trying al-Qaeda suspects in civilian courts, including new restrictions in a defense authorization bill passed last month. The White House, meanwhile, has resisted lawmakers’ efforts to hold suspects in military custody and try them before military commissions.

The impasse and lack of detention options, critics say, have led to a de facto policy under which the administration finds it easier to kill terrorism suspects, a key reason for the surge of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Renditions, though controversial and complex, represent one of the few alternatives.

“In a way, rendition has become even more important than before,” said Clara Gutteridge, director of the London-based Equal Justice Forum, a human rights group that investigates national security cases and that opposes the practice.

Because of the secrecy involved, it is not known how many renditions have taken place during Obama’s first term. But his administration has not disavowed the practice. In 2009, a White House task force on interrogation and detainee transfers recommended that the government be allowed to continue using renditions, but with greater oversight, so that suspects were not subject to harsh interrogation techniques, as some were during the George W. Bush administration.

by Anonymousreply 1201/05/2013

Who fucking cares! Just capture the bastards and put a bullet in their heads and worry about who's innocent later on. Those assholes don't care about human life. If they find out someone they executed was innocent, pay the family off and they'll all be happy their loved one went to his martyrdom and left them with money.

by Anonymousreply 101/03/2013

I lean conservative in a lot of ways, but if liberalism means anything, you must respect due process rights. Renditions are un-American and the President knows better.

by Anonymousreply 201/03/2013

R1 is from the Judge Judy thread, a pathetic, childish American.

by Anonymousreply 301/03/2013

[quote]R1 is from the Judge Judy thread, a pathetic, childish American.

Now that's funny - a troll-dar troll pointing to someone else as pathetic and childish. Isn't "pathetic" and "childish" a perfect description for a troll-dar troll?

by Anonymousreply 401/03/2013

Well...

well...

well...

I'm sure he knows what he's doing and you're racist for questioning My President!

by Anonymousreply 501/04/2013

[quote]If they find out someone they executed was innocent, pay the family off and they'll all be happy their loved one went to his martyrdom and left them with money.

Yeah, because they're not human beings or anything. They're just Muslims, after all. And if we slaughter innocents because of our incompetence at espionage and counterterrorism and lazy dependence on technology that everyone in the world will have in ten years, who cares? There's no such thing as blowback, let alone human decency.

Idiots like you are why we have a problem with the Middle East in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 601/04/2013

Every Amendment needs a lobby as effective as the 2nd. Our Constitution isn't worth the hemp it's printed on since W. subverted the "fucking piece of paper".

by Anonymousreply 701/04/2013

The military and big business run this country. Obama does what they want or else. They all have too much money at stake to tolerate anyone who goes against them. It has been this way for many years.

by Anonymousreply 801/04/2013

Obama is still scared to assert control over the national security state. It's a shame because 90% of their power is bluff.

by Anonymousreply 901/04/2013

[quote]Idiots like you are why we have a problem with the Middle East in the first place.

Absolutely agree. Real lynch mob (read stupid) mentality. Not so good if you're innocent and on the receiving end.

by Anonymousreply 1001/04/2013

I was just listening to a radio program about how he was responsible for the crackdowns on Occcupy Wall Street. He was pissed that the L.A. mayor allowed protesters outside the Hollywood venue where he was hitting up the stars for money. He threatened the mayor that if he didn't crack down on the protesters that he would be denied his speaking engagement at the DNC convention so the mayor folded. All sorts of stuff is coming out in FOI documents now.

by Anonymousreply 1101/04/2013

Read r11 again

by Anonymousreply 1201/05/2013
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