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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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lcterp lcterp 9 years
I don't think any actions are "necessary" on the war on terror. We shouldn't have to be shady or deceiving if we have a legitimate cause for the actions we are taking. I don't like the idea of rendition because I do think it violates international human rights in a sense. It's like kidnapping, or it seems to me, I don't know that much about rendition.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Personally, I am against secret detention or imprisonment, for any reason. Yes, I do believe "suspects", such as the hundreds who have been released from detention or those still held years later without a single charge, have been denied their basic human rights. I follow most article about rendition and wonder why the UK is apologizing for it now. There has to be an impetus for the apology, hopefully it will not take years to find out the reason.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
For me the fact is they landed in the UK illegally then had the gall to lie. My question is if they can lie on such a grand, international scale about something like this what else have they lied about?
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