|The Real Obama – his words|
Barack Obama preserves CIA renditions as he keeps elements of Bush’s war on terror
Barack Obama has granted the CIA permission to continue carrying out the controversial Bush-era practice of extraordinary rendition, it has emerged.
And he did so just two days after becoming president and vowing to dismantle his predecessor’s war on terror.
Under executive orders signed by Mr Obama on January 22, two days after his inauguration, the CIA still has the authority to carry out renditions – secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.
Current and former U.S. intelligence officials told the Los Angeles Times that the programme may even play an expanded role going forward as it is the main remaining mechanism – apart from Predator missile strikes – for taking suspected terrorists off the streets.
The U.S. has been stepping up its usage of Predator missile strikes in states such as Pakistan – but the horrifying rate of civilian casualties that go along with such strikes make the practice almost as controversial as rendition.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband was forced to apologise to Parliament in February after admitting that two flights carrying terrorist suspects stopped on the British Indian Ocean territory of Diego Garcia in 2002.
His apology came after years of denials from the UK government of any participation in the programme.
But despite the controversy surrounding the secretive practice, Mr Obama appears to have decided it was the one component of Mr Bush’s war on terror that it must keep.
Comments from Daily Mail’s website:
Scandalous. This president has no more morals of his war criminal predecessor. Shame on him.
– Ivor Court, Solo, Indonesia.
Not so much “Yes we can”. More [like] “No we can’t as it turns out, but thanks for making me President anyway”.
– Mr. J. Smith, Birmingham, England,
Well done President Obama, But where oh where are all the screams of anger and derision from the Liberal and Leftist rabble at this news. Strange that isn’t it,
– dave, chester england,