Extraordinary Rendition

Extraordinary Rendition

Dana Priest and Barton Gellman report in The Washington Post on the abuse of prisoners suspected of being al-Qaida operatives or Taliban commanders. The article quotes Cofer Black, then-head of the CIA Counterterrorist Center, “There was a before 9/11, and there was an after 9/11. … After 9/11 the gloves come off.” The article also describes the practice of “extraordinary rendition,” in which terrorism suspects are handed over to foreign intelligence services where they have no access to the legal process. An official states to the newspaper, “We don’t kick the [expletive] out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the [expletive] out of them.”12

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Dana Priest talks about the challenges of reporting on suspected al-Qaida terrorists in the controversial process called “rendition,” in which they are taken to CIA prisons in foreign countries for interrogation.
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