Outsourcing human rights violations

Outsourcing human rights violations June 3, 2009

Interesting commentary in the Washington Post about our government’s continuing (and in some respects worsening) involvement in human rights abuses even as it ostensibly suspends its own operations in this tawdry arena.

Jack Goldsmith – The Shell Game on Detainees and Interrogation – washingtonpost.com

The revelation last weekend that the United States is increasingly using foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain terrorist suspects points up an uncomfortable truth about the war against Islamist terrorists. Demands to raise legal standards for terrorist suspects in one arena often lead to compensating tactics in another arena that leave suspects (and, sometimes, innocent civilians) worse off.

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