Monday, December 05, 2005


Carried out renditions for decades with allies OK

U. S. Secretary of State Rice, speaking at Andrews Air Force Base, said the United States had carried out renditions for decades in cooperation with allies.

"Renditions take terrorists out of action, and save lives," Rice said, referring to the covert transfer of detainees to foreign states for interrogation. "Such renditions are permissible under international law," she added.

Rice said the United States respected the sovereignty of allies, abided by the law and did not allow torture. In addition, she said allies' intelligence agencies have worked with the United States to extract information from detainees.

STEPHEN HADLEY, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: We respect the sovereignty of the countries with which we deal. And we do not move people around the world so that they can be tortured.

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