Outsourcing A Real Nasty Job
Shipping terrorism suspects overseas for some tough questioning may make sense. But is it legal?
All Aboard: Interrogation Express
No one knows how many terror suspects the United States has rendered to foreign governments, but the total is believed to be about several hundred. Terror suspects say they have been rendered to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan, where they allege that they were tortured as part being interrogated. The U.S. State Department reports patterns of torture in each of these countries.
Maher Arar's route
1.Detained in the United States for 13 days, then sent to Jordan
2.Driven to Syria and detained, interrogated, and allegedly tortured for 12 months
3.Syria eventually releases him without charges. He now lives freely in Canada.
Countries where the United States has allegedly sent terror suspects for interrogation. (Quotes from U.S. State Dept.)
Egypt: "Security forces continued to mistreat and torture prisoners, arbitrarily arrest and detain persons,...."
Jordan: "The most frequently reported methods of torture included beating, sleep deprivation, extended solitary confinement, and physical suspension."
Syria: "Serious abuses included the use of torture in detention, which at times resulted in death."
Uzbekistan: "Police and the National Security Service routinely tortured, beat, and otherwise mistreated detainees to obtain confessions or incriminating information."
Afghanistan: "Security forces and police committed extrajudicial killings, and officials used torture in prisons."
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Graphic by Rob Cady-- USN&WR