[DEBATE] : US - Holder says he approved Clinton-era renditions
Riaz K Tayob
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Fri May 8 14:10:57 BST 2009
[Must be a US thing this - even Human Rights Watch is soft on
renditions...in some circumstances... indivisible my foot!]
Holder says he approved Clinton-era renditions
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By Stephen C. Webster
Published: May 7, 2009
Updated 1 day ago
Under fire from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday,
Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that he had approved of rendition
— essentially, legalized kidnapping — apparently more than once during
his tenure as President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general.
Cautioning Holder that any potential investigation into the Bush
administration's torture program could result in Democrats being roped
in, "Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Richard Shelby of Alabama pressed
Holder on the CIA's 'rendition' program that moved terrorism suspects
from one country to another," reported Domenico Montanaro with MSNBC.
"Didn't that happen during the Clinton administration?
"Yes, Holder said.
"'How many did you approve?' they asked.
"Holder said he'd check the record."
Despite frequent condemnation of the practice around the world,
rendition — the secret capture, transportation and detention of
suspected terrorists to foreign prisons in countries that cooperate with
the U.S. — remains in the CIA's playbook, thanks to a Jan. 22 executive
order issued by President Obama.
Under President George W. Bush, renditions became "extraordinary
renditions," in which suspects were handed over to nations where torture
was not illegal. Rendition under Presidents Clinton and Obama has not
been linked to torture.
Holder has been, at least in public, an opponent of the torture program.
"Waterboarding is torture. My justice department will not justify it,
will not rationalize it and will not condone it," Holder said in a
speech to the Jewish Council of Public Affairs in March.
"The use and sanction of torture is at odds with the history of American
jurisprudence and American values. It undermines our ability to pursue
justice fairly, and it puts our own brave soldiers in peril should they
ever be captured on a foreign battlefield."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was briefed in 2002 on the torture
tactics the Bush administration wanted to use against terror war
prisoners. At the time, she did not object. In April of 2009, she denied
knowing the techniques would ever be applied to prisoners.
"[They] did not tell us they were using that," she said. "Flat out. And
any — any contention to the contrary is simply not true."
RAW STORY was the first news outlet to identify the exact location of
one of the sites in the CIA's secret prison network, used in conjunction
with Bush-era extraordinary renditions. RAW STORY identified a prison in
northeastern Poland, Stare Kiejkuty, that was used as a transit point
for terror suspects.
According to filings, the CIA has over 7,000 documents related to
Attorney General Eric Holder has said that "no one is above the law" and
that his office would "follow the evidence." He has not appointed a
President Obama said Holder will be the person who ultimately decides
whether to prosecute Bush administration lawyers who wrote opinions
providing a legal basis for interrogation techniques widely denounced as
President Obama also said CIA agents who tortured prisoners will not be
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