Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ugly phrase conceals an uglier truth

Salman Rushdie explains "extraordinary rendition":

"...the question isn't whether or not a given individual is 'good' or 'bad.' The question is whether or not we are - whether or not our governments have dragged us into immorality by discarding due process of law, which is generally accorded to be second only to individual rights as the most important pillar of a free society."


'Torture is an unqualified evil,' Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood added. 'It can never be justified. Rather, it must always be punished.'

The dreadful probability is that the US outsourcing of torture will allow it to escape punishment. It will not allow it to escape moral obloquy."

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