British Report Criticizes U.S. on Abductions / International Herald Tribune / New York Times

Google/Define: Rendition

Rendition is the practice of clandestine capture and extradition of individual suspects outside the country in which they were caught. It is a legal term, used euphemistically, by the United States by the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Government to publicly discuss these activities. Suspects are moved to third countries for the purposes of detention, interrogation, and, it is alleged, torture.

Define: euphemistic

An euphemism is an expression intended by the speaker to be less offensive, disturbing, or troubling to the listener than the word or phrase it replaces. See the list of euphemisms for examples.

7 Comments on “Rendition”

  1. It’s like a tunnel in a tunnel in under a lake in a lake on an island in an lake these definitions.

    Google/Define: clandestine

    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; “clandestine intelligence operations”; “cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines”; “hole-and-corner intrigue”; “secret missions”; “a secret agent”; “secret sales of arms”; “surreptitious mobilization of troops”; “an undercover investigation”; “underground resistance”

    Google/Define: extradition
    The surrender by one state to another of an individual accused or convicted of an offense outside its own territory and within the territorial jurisdiction of the other, which, being competent to try and punish him, demands the surrender.

  2. This was bugging the hell out of me so I rewrote the definition to be more simple for people like myself. Please correct my mistakes.

    “Rendition is the practice of a hidden capture and process of which a defendant is returned to the state of origin to stand trial after an arrest in another jurisdiction. The term is used to be less offensive than it’s synonyms.”

  3. Well, they don’t necessarily stand trial in these cases. It’s more like being captured for affiliation, knowledge or suspected criminal/“terrorist” activity. Then transported to a third country (not the u.s.) and being detained there indefinitely. So in the article I pulled this from, it was discussing British concerns about U.S. war detainees, operations, methods of treatment and information extraction. There has been a suspension of habeas corpus from this ”war on terror” which keeps any detainees from receiving lawful due process. Certainly something worth reading up on.

  4. In other news involving foreign nationals being transported to other countries against their will by the United States, I’m not sure if you guys had heard, but 50 Filipinos had been duped into thinking they were going to Kuwait for jobs but later found out they were being flown to Baghdad to build the new US embassy. Conditions for the workers were terrible and their passports had been taken away; their work basically amounting to slave labor.

  5. wait so rendition is an unoffensive word replacing what exactly?

    banishment, diaspora, dispersion, displacement, exclusion, expatriation, expulsion, extradition, migration, ostracism, proscription, relegation, scattering, separation.

    yeah, i would rather be ‘scattered’ or ‘rendited?rendered?renditioned?’ rather than ‘banished’ any day.

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