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February 01, 2009

Hey Maybe Fighting Terrorists Requires More Than Cookies And Milk. Obama To Keep And Maybe Even Expand Evil Bush Clinton Era Tool

Weren't 'extraordinary renditions', the process of sending bad guys to 3rd countries who aren't so squeamish about roughing up suspects, one of the crimes of the Bushitler Reign of Evil?

It seems however now that Obama is in charge, perhaps a more nuanced view is in order.

Under executive orders issued by Obama recently, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that the rendition program might be poised to play an expanded role going forward because it was the main remaining mechanism — aside from Predator missile strikes — for taking suspected terrorists off the street.

...The European Parliament condemned renditions as "an illegal instrument used by the United States." Prisoners swept up in the program have sued the CIA as well as a Boeing Co. subsidiary accused of working with the agency on dozens of rendition flights.

But the Obama administration appears to have determined that the rendition program was one component of the Bush administration's war on terrorism that it could not afford to discard.

Huh, who knew?

No word yet on if Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have signed on for Rendition II: The Most Important Tool In Keeping America Safe!!111!!

The Pro-Torture Left [ace]: I don't want to hit the hypocrisy button very hard, or else the hypocrites on the left may feel the need to pretend they care about this issue and press Obama to change his stance.

However: Moe Lane names the new members of the pro-torture left.

Let me give a special shout-out to the first member of the inaugural class of Obama-supporting torture-enthusiasts: Andrew Fucking Sullivan.



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