But it is Compassionate Rendition

February 10, 2009 § 5 Comments

President Obama’s Justice Department signaled in a San Francisco courtroom Monday that the change in administrations has not changed the government’s position on secrecy and the rights of foreign prisoners – and that lawsuits by alleged victims of CIA kidnappings and torture must be dismissed on national security grounds.

It seems to me that “rendition” is a Randian anti-concept, the only function of which is to express the opprobrium of the speaker. It’s OK though, because the One promises to be nice, promises that everyone will get along, and after all, we are the One we’ve been waiting for. And anyway,

Like his Bush administration predecessors, he also said he would require a foreign government to promise not to torture a prisoner.

Besides, what exactly, precisely, and meticulously is “torture”? How can we even “know” what “torture” “is”? Doesn’t that depend on the meaning of the word “is”?

(HT: Henry Karlson)

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