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EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION 2 Extra Ordinary rendition The term rendition is used to refer to the various practices that the United States authorities use in transferring of people from one nation to another without going through formal judicial or administrative procedures like extradition. Since 1995, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US has been transferring detainees from the United States custody to a foreign state custody a practice that is normally referred to as the extraordinary rendition. This has sparked uproar and debate across nations worldwide due to the fact that the practice is against human rights. Hence, the US government has received a lot of criticisms concerning the extraordinary rendition. Although the extraordinary rendition may bore fruits of getting vital information from the detainees, it is against human rights to detain suspects in foreign countries against the law of the land. This essay analyzes, with examples, why the US has been criticized for using extraordinary rendition and why the United States of America felt compelled to do so. Extraordinary rendition is different from the ordinary rendition in various ways. Firstly, ordinary rendition is the movement of suspects from one state to another for interrogation within the bounds of the law. On the other hand, extraordinary rendition refers to the apprehension and transfer of those people who are suspected of having committed certain crimes, for instance, terrorism to another state for detention and interrogation without following legal procedures. Secondly, in extraordinary rendition there is no link between the person rendered and the country they are being sent to, whereas in ordinary rendition there is a link between the person and the country they are being sent to. Thirdly, in extraordinary rendition, a person is moved from one state to another for the purposes of being subjected to some form of interrogation and torture so as to obtain some vital information through confessions (Frankopan, 2008). While ordinary rendition is done within the bounds of the law, extra ordinary rendition falls out of the rule of law
EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION 3 because suspects are not taken for trial, they are just interrogated and tortured so as to coerce them to confess. Moreover, extraordinary rendition is illegal and fails to comply with the constitution of the US and is against certain conventions that the US has ratified whereas ordinary rendition is legal. Most of the suspects are sent to countries which have questionable human rights records so that they are tortured and detained without trial. Those who are tasked

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