Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad: Alfred W. McCoy: A MUST READ article for all peace/justice activists!
Sorry to be so heavy on this site without much let-up but this can't be missed. He's the one expert I have followed on these issues for a long time, featured his work in a workshop in my area. I find him to be easy to corroborate as well as to be ahead of most other human rights groups/persons on these topics. We need to take heed...
Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad: How Both Parties Made Illegality the American Way of Life
By Prof. Alfred W. McCoy
August 14, 2012
After a decade of fiery public debate and bare-knuckle partisan brawling, the United States has stumbled toward an ad hoc bipartisan compromise over the issue of torture that rests on two unsustainable policies: impunity at home and rendition abroad.
President Obama has closed the CIA’s “black sites,” its secret prisons where American agents once dirtied their hands with waterboarding and wall slamming.
But via rendition -- the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture -- and related policies, his administration has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere. In this way, he has avoided the political stigma of torture, while tacitly tolerating such abuses and harvesting whatever intelligence can be gained from them.
This “resolution” of the torture issue may meet the needs of this country’s deeply divided politics. It cannot, however, long satisfy an international community determined to prosecute human rights abuses through universal jurisdiction. It also runs the long-term risk of another sordid torture scandal that will further damage U.S. standing with allies worldwide.
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Posted by CN at 3:31 PM