The Context

What is Extraordinary Rendition?

Extraordinary rendition is a policy devised by the United States to meet the particular challenges of the so-called ‘War on Terror’. It involves the arrest of people suspected of having committed or conspired to commit terrorist acts but who are difficult to prosecute through normal court procedures. Such suspects are therefore flown (“rendered”) to other countries where they are interrogated by foreign intelligence services, often using harsh methods. Renditions therefore raise many complex and important moral and legal questions about civil liberties and human rights.
The process begins with an arrest, often within a foreign country without the knowledge of its government. It involves detention without trial, often in secrecy without allowing the suspect to know where or why he is being held, deprived of contact with friends or family. It then involves rendition to an unknown foreign destination, followed by intensive interrogation, by methods that might be defined as torture.

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