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On Patriot Act provisions...

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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2005

... Past American statesmen ranging from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Robert F. Kennedy have pointed out the temptation to combat deplorable practices by adopting them. It's a warning we've been slow to heed, though, as certain Patriot Act provisions demonstrate, not to mention the embarrassing disclosures at Abu Ghraib ...

Another glaring breakdown of traditional American principles involves ''extraordinary rendition,'' known to its critics as the outsourcing of torture. The practice dates to the Clinton administration but was widely expanded after Sept. 11, 2001. Under it, the United States turns people suspected of terrorist involvement over to countries who lack America's official scruples about using torture as an interrogation method. ...

Still, administration officials refuse to drop the practice because they contend it protects U.S. troops. ...

The war against terrorism is no justification for a practice like extraordinary rendition. If that's how we fight for liberty and human rights, it may produce a defeat for terrorism, but it won't be a victory for the United States.

— Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.,

April 10


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