Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Breaking silence

Counterterrorism co-operation is endangered by US renditions

Vital global counterterrorism co-operation is under threat in the wake of several international inquiries into the US government practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries outside the established legal framework, known as 'extraordinary renditions'. These inquires could also see US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives face legal action.

At issue is the US practice of rendition, which includes such missions as "snatch and grab" operations, as well as the shipment of prisoners already in the custody of one state to another for arrest, detention or interrogation - outside the lines of regular extradition processes.

American Torture Chambers

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