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Check This: UK Apologizes for Facilitating US Renditions

The government of the United Kingdom apologized this week for facilitating two renditions carried out by the United States. A rendition is the covert transportation of a terror suspect to a third-party country or US detention center. The UK's Foreign Secretary apologized to parliament after records revealed that US planes, carrying terror suspects, twice landed in the UK dependent territory of Diego Garcia to refuel, apparently without UK permission.

British leaders in the UK previously denied any involvement, after being assured by the US that UK territory had not been involved. The UK government and opposition have not accused the US of purposefully deceiving the UK.

One of the suspects has been released, while the other is being detained at Guantanamo Bay. CIA Director Mike Hayden insisted that torture was not involved. The Director of Amnesty International UK came out calling rendition "a polite way of talking about kidnapping and secret detention".

Do you think renditions deny suspects international human rights, such as the right to a fair trial, or are they necessary in the war on terror?


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