Monday, February 2, 2009

Hope, Change and One Less Secret Blanket Pardon

The Los Angeles Times reports President Obama has "left intact" a "controversial counter-terrorism tool" of the Bush administration via executive orders. As a result:
"... the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that the rendition program might be poised to play an expanded role going forward because it was the main remaining mechanism -- aside from Predator missile strikes -- for taking suspected terrorists off the street."
The Times notes the program "became a source of embarrassment for the CIA" and a target of international scorn." It was also condemned by The European Parliament as an "illegal instrument." See story here.

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