No More Extraordinary Rendition

No More Extraordinary Rendition

In comments at Obsidian Wings, CharlesS notes a section of one of Obama’s executive orders that I somehow missed. (I sort of zoned out once it started in on the composition of committees; this was clearly a mistake.) This order establishes a Special Interagency Task Force one of whose missions is:

“(ii) to study and evaluate the practices of transferring individuals to other nations in order to ensure that such practices comply with the domestic laws, international obligations, and policies of the United States and do not result in the transfer of individuals to other nations to face torture or otherwise for the purpose, or with the effect, of undermining or circumventing the commitments or obligations of the United States to ensure the humane treatment of individuals in its custody or control.”

That means no more extraordinary rendition. No more shipping people off to countries with horrific human rights records to be tortured. No more pretending that when, say, the Egyptian or Syrian intelligence services tell us that they really, truly won’t torture anyone we send them, we actually believe them. On this point, Obama is not only rolling back Bush’s excesses, but Clinton’s.

This is really, really, really wonderful.