Extraordinary Rendition: Legal and Moral Considerations


Legal judgments of the practice of extraordinary rendition have reached varying conclusions. We regard extraordinary rendition as immoral and as a violation of both US and international law. In this paper, we address legal, policy, and moral issues bearing on extraordinary rendition and emphasize there is no evidence that the practice produces useful intelligence, and that even it were to do so, the means being used to that end are intolerable. We also address the effects of the practice on the reputation of the United States. Illustrative cases of the practice are those of Abu Omar, Khaled El-Masri, Maher Arar, and Jeppesen Dataplan.

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