What may be. An example is, with the CIA

What is terrorism? A common question that can be
asked of many people and you will receive many different answers, from those
who believe that these actions have meaning to help society and some live in
fear. As one of the worldwide definitions, it is known as a form of warfare
involving the threat of human lives. Terrorism is used to get a message across
from those who want it heard but in a more broad way. Terrorism fighter’s fight
against human rights and for what they believe is right. Although of its
horrors it has been around since the beginning of civilization.

    Attacks
happen all over the world, which usually causes an uproar and appears on any
type of news station. Terrorism acts happen almost every day, but the ones with
the most destruction typically make headlines. One of the most well-known
terrorist event in history happened on September.11 in 2003. A group of
attackers known as al-Qaeda, from the Middle East flew planes into the twin
towers located in the United States. Many lives on that day have been lost,
causing it to be a depressing but memorable day for Americans, and those around
the world. Due to its horror, more precautions have been taken to make sure
fewer events such as this will happen. A technique called extraordinary rendition
was used. “Secret or forcible rendition of a suspected criminal to another
country, often a country is known to violate human rights and due process of
law” definition from  Dictionary.com
helps explain what this technique may be. An example is, with the CIA uses
certain tactics against those they have held in custody, to lure the
information out from them. Another way of putting extraordinary rendition is
the kidnapping of those from foreign countries and keeping them hostage,
torturing them until the CIA’s questions are answered. Although the war on
terrorism requires precautions, extraordinary rendition is morally wrong due to
the fact that it is not always effective and it involves harsh tactics.

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The CIA has been using this practice (extraordinary
rendition) for nine plus years now… but until September.11 they were not
legalized. Now it is commonly used to keep the country safe. The original
reasoning for this was to capture the attackers before they strike, and to
overall try and stop all the destruction that was planned to be done, this
practice is hard to justify since the government usually doesn’t have solid
evidence proving if the suspect is a terrorist prior to taking him hostage.
Although extraordinary rendition isn’t governed by any law at all, just has
been legalized. The practices used by the C.I.A. tend to be very crude, but
they are overlooked and considered to be non-torturous. So the CIA would go
through any lengths necessary to get the information out of the prisoner, no
matter how insane it may have seemed, due to the help of the government letting
them do it while their backs are turned. Although through all of this,
information about these happenings fell through the system, leaving it
accessible for us to know about, if they were taking people hostage, and don’t
have official evidence that they are a suspect, then doesn’t that make them
terrorists themselves?

    Countries
around the world believe that it is not a moral tactic that should be used.
Around the world extraordinary rendition, it is frowned upon and majorly
criticized. The practice is combined full of illegal actions, but in the eyes
of the government, the more illegal activities you add together will become
“legal”, only if those of higher power is committing of course. With the
combination of kidnapping and torturing, it is seen as legal if it is used for
the “correct reasons”.

    The CIA is
known for their harsh tactics that are used to obtain information from
potential terrorists, usually captured and put through interrogation, and then
from there move on into whatever needs necessary. From what they have been
doing other countries such as  Egypt,
Syria and Morocco have adapted these traits as well, now being known as places
that use extraordinary rendition. With now the number of prisoners getting into
the hundreds, with the government having no warrants to commit these arrests,
only using the reasoning that they had a ‘hunch’.

Techniques that are used are quite horrifying… one
of the most common one used is called ‘waterboarding’, which is a method that
uses cloth and water. With the material tightly wrapped around the victims
face, the poor water over their face, giving them the allusion of drowning, by
having their lungs soon filled with the water. 
The government considers it to be a perfectly moral and legal practice,
and have a very slim definition to what torture is to them, as long as it is
under the right circumstances of course. In addition to waterboarding, they as
well use a long-standing technique. Doesn’t sound too bad, but the prisoner is
forced to stand with their feet and hands shackled to the floor. Through time
the prisoner will begin to become exhausted and tired and will soon begin to
release information that is needed for the government’s ears. Due to the
tiredness of the prisoner they do not realize the information slipping out of
their mouths, it is known as one of the most effective tactics.

Yes, extraordinary rendition is quite effective but
even in some scenarios; it may not be the way. The practice usually involves by
taking a person hostage and interrogating them with simple questions, and if
not answered they will proceed with torture. If in the government’s eyes that
the suspect is not guilty, he will simply just be released. With the government
just commenting that “they had the wrong guy”, but how can we really be sure he
isn’t a terrorist? And maybe he is just an amazing liar? We can never really be
too sure that the information from the hostage is correct or valuable
information. On the other hand, the one who is being tortured and killed may be
the innocent.

    On many
occasions, by their looks and culture people have been accused of being a
terrorist. “For example, Benamar Benatta fled his home country of Algeria on
September 5th, 2001 because he feared death in his homeland. Benatta then
settled in Canada. He was taken captive the night after the September 11th
attack in New York City. Without being offered the chance to testify against
his capture or being told where he was being taken, the Canadian police drove
him over the border and handed him over to the Americans to be questioned. The
only reason he was thought to be a terrorist was that he was a Muslim and he
had once served in the Algerian military. Nevertheless, this accusation was
false. Benatta spent approximately three years in prison where he claims he was
tortured. He was finally released on July 20, 2003, and allowed to return to
Canada.” From UKessays. Yes, he may be a free man at this time in his life, but
it will continue to haunt him for the rest of his life.

 

Another great but depressing example of an innocent
experiencing extraordinary rendition is the hostage story of Binyam
Mohamed.  A 32-year-old Ethiopian decent
man, traveling to the United Kingdom to seek refuge. While he lived in England
he was a cleaner, and at a time he decided that he was going to take a trip to
Pakistan and Afghanistan where he was soon arrested at the airport. He was
believed to be a member of a group called the Taliban. From interviews with Mohamad,
he claims that he was taken around the world being tortured to get information
out of him that was never there in the first place. After a while, he was
deemed innocent and was released from prison.

 

Richard Belmar was a British citizen. In his teen
years, he converted over to Islam, and traveled to Pakistan, before the
September. 11 attack, coincidentally. He was then arrested in Pakistan, and
shares that he was being mistreated and tortured by officials; in January 2005
Richard was released with no charges against him. 

 

The reasons these people were captured in the first
place, was based on their race and culture, and because of their background,
they were mistaken for terrorists.  Just
because someone is of foreign descent, or is currently living in a different
more “dangerous” country, does not mean they are the cause of destruction. A
great example is there were a few American hikers taking a stroll in Iran; they
were captured by the people because they had a feeling of fear. The united
states government thought this was bogus and demanded the release of these
people immediately. When the united states can do this just as easy (taking in
people hostage) and really seeing no issue with it, because who they take it
has a “terrorism background”.

 

There is no true way you can look at an individual
and be able to tell if he or she is a terrorist or an innocent being. We base
so many precautions off of what people look like and fit them into stereotype
categories. And because it is run by the government and have a certain amount
of authority they would most likely not do a background check on the hostage,
due to the time it takes to do, and they want immediate results.

Furthermore, I believe that extraordinary rendition
is not a reliable tacit to obtain information, without disrespecting a humans
rights. It seems to cause more issues, instead of trying to avoid them. Also
there never really is strong evidence against the hostage, that causes them to
use these precautions to get the “information” out of them. Something needs to
be done about these actions, we can’t just keep ‘sweeping it under the rug’ and
letting it pass by, it is now becoming a serious issue, like terrorism itself
has. We must come up with better techniques to deal with these situations. Yes,
this is more so happening in the US, but it is good for us to recognize what is
happening and learn not to start new “traditions”. Everyone has rights, and
they all need to be considered no matter how you may feel about them;
extraordinary rendition is not the way to go.