Saturday, March 05, 2005

Smoking gun: Bush authorizing torture by proxy

Turns out that George Bush, "within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," signed a directive permitting the "transfer [of] suspected terrorists to foreign countries for interrogation." We know what that means: it means transferring people to countries with, as the economists might say, comparative advantage in torture. The details here.

If you want details on what these "rendition" victims faced on the other side of their plane ride, read this New Yorker piece. I reported on this topic earlier, here and here.

1 comment:

zachawry said...

In a classic example of selective quotation, Small Precautions fails to recognize the quote from the New Yorker article ascribing the program that Bush is using for torture extradition to the Clinton administration. Although I disagree with the program, it was born under Clinton, not Bush.

(Kind of like the Kyoto protocol, which was irrevocably killed under Clinton but which Bush was blamed for.)