Friday, February 18, 2005

On The Mark -- Hypocrisy Decade -- Extraordinary Rendition

A few days ago I wrote about how this decade will come to be known as the Hypocrisy Decade. From time to time, I will cite various new examples that support this prediction.

Extraordinary Rendition. There's a nice legal term for you. Legal in that it allows our government to do illegal things. Like send a terrorism suspect to Syria to be tortured properly -- you know, toe nails pulled, electric shocks to the groin. Not this Abu Ghraib kind of stuff.

Isn't a bit hypocritical for our government to chastise the Syrian government and call it a state sponsor of terrorism, yet at the same time, ship off terrorism suspects to that country so they can use torture techniques that are illegal here?

Yeah, let's rid the world of regimes that sponsor state terrorism. But let's not let them do our dirty work while they're still around.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you provide an example of what you are talking about or a link to the story?

On The Mark said...

I'm afraid I'm not tech savvy enough to know how to link on this blog. But I'll ask one of my colleagues to help me. However, the current issue of The New Yorker has an investigative report on extraordinary rendition and there was an article about it in the Friday edition of the New York Times.