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According to George Alger, if a Republican president had ever authorized the United States to resort to (“extraordinary”) “rendition,” there would have been hell to pay, but Barack Obama has gotten away with it without criticism. As with other George Alger letters, this one is hogwash.
As early as October of 2001, the CIA “rendered” Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen apprehended in Pakistan, to Egypt for interrogation. Six months later, Habib was sent to Guantanamo.
In December 2005, on her way to Europe, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated that rendition was “a vital, legal tool to combat terrorism.”
In August 2007 CIA Director Michael Hayden defended rendition in a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations.
The truth is that the Bush administration was hip-deep in renditions, and was roundly criticized for it from the left, as Obama has been since.
RONALD M. LANNER