outsourcing human rights abuse

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Torture and Impunity (Critical Human Rights)

A Question of Torture author and historian Alfred W. McCoy has produced a new book exposing the bipartisan effort to cover up U.S. torture policy from post-World War II to today.

McCoy writes: President Obama has closed the CIA's "black sites," its secret prisons where American agents once dirtied their hands with waterboarding and wall slamming. But via rendition -- the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture -- and related policies, his administration has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.  In this way, he has avoided the political stigma of torture, while tacitly tolerating such abuses and harvesting whatever intelligence can be gained from them...

see Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad: How Two Administrations and Both Parties Made Illegality the American Way of Life

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