Obama OK With CIA Rendition

Prez allows abductions, transfers to continue, promises suspects won't be tortured

By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 1, 2009 6:50 PM CST

(Newser) – Torture techniques are out and Guantanamo Bay is facing closure, but Barack Obama is keeping one anti-terror tool: rendition, the Los Angeles Times reports. He signed an executive order allowing the CIA to continue the practice of secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to US-friendly nations. "You still have to go after the bad guys," an Obama official said.

But the CIA can no longer hold suspects long-term or ship them off to countries to be tortured. Human Rights Watch has urged Obama to ensure that prisoners are only transferred to nations where they are guaranteed a public hearing. "Producing a prisoner before a real court is a key safeguard against torture, abuse and disappearance," a Human Rights Watch director said.

Barack Obama delivers a speech about terrorism  at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington in this 2007 file photo.
Barack Obama delivers a speech about terrorism at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington in this 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009.
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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