Monday, December 19, 2005
No more rendition evidence than the newspapers
UN human rights commissioner Louise Arbour, a former Canadian Supreme Court justice, declared that the global ban on torture was becoming a casualty of the US-led "war on terror".
She singled out the reported US policies of sending terror suspects to other countries and holding prisoners in secret detention.
US ambassador to the UN John Bolton declared that it was "inappropriate and illegitimate for an international civil servant to second-guess the conduct that we're engaged in [in] the war on terror, with nothing more as evidence than what she reads in the newspapers".
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell declared: "There's a little bit of the movie Casablanca in this, where, you know, the inspector says 'I'm shocked, shocked that this kind of thing takes place'.
"Well, most of our European friends cannot be shocked that this kind of thing takes place... The fact that we have, over the years, had procedures in place that would deal with people who are responsible for terrorist activities, or suspected of terrorist activities, and so the thing that is called rendition is not something that is new or unknown to my European friends."
"Very often, maybe, Mr. Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney would take decisions into the president that the rest of us weren't aware of. That did happen, on a number of occasions."
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