CNN reported today that the CIA has been making illegal flights through European airspace, transporting foreign prisoners to undisclosed locations around the globe in a process referred to as rendition. The process typically involves the transfer of individuals into U.S. custody by foreign governments, followed by the relocation of these individuals to other countries (typically third world countries with little humanitarian oversight) where the individuals can be imprisoned, interrogated, and sometimes tortured without review. Rendition involves the transfer of people from one country to another in a way which bypasses all administrative and judicial due process. The CIA has engaged in the practice of hiring private aviation companies or setting up "front" corporations in order to mask its activities. The practice is theoretically used by the CIA in order to avoid what it refers to as "red tape", but their "red tape", in truth, typically amounts to laws protecting human rights and civil liberties, and requirements that flights involving the transfer of prisoners through foreign airspace be reported.
Amnesty International has been monitoring and protesting U.S. rendition practices for some time, and has documented cases where individuals have been seized and transferred to other countries where they have faced years worth of interrogation, detention, and torture without ever being formally charged with any terrorism-related crime. The U.S. continues to deny that anything illegal is occurring, but the secrecy surrounding the program belies its tradition of civil rights abuses.
Anyway, Steanso has been reading about this rendition issue through Amnesty International for awhile now, and it really bugs me (just one more example of the "might makes right" mentality of our current administration- and hopefully not our country as a whole). When I saw CNN reporting that the EU is now investigating the practice, it seemed like as good a time as any to vent about it. The whole idea of being snatched by some foreign govenrment and flown halfway around the world to face imprisonment and possible torture without ever even standing trial or having a hearing seems kind of deplorable to me, but I guess that's just the wild-eyed liberal in me again. Stupid U.S.
What else? Dinner and Battlestar Galactica last night with Crackbass and Jackbart. Crackbass made some chicken and mushroom something (which was good), and Jackbart brought some wine (which was also good). I mostly brought some personality and fun to the occasion.
That's it for now. More updates if events warrant.