Here’s another sign that the Bush Administration has come a long way since the heady days of secret renditions and “enhanced” interrogation techniques:
The United States military has secretly handed over more than 200 militants to the intelligence services of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other countries, nearly all in the past two years, as part of an effort to reduce the burden of detaining and interrogating foreign fighters captured in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to American military officials.
[…] The prisoners can block their transfers to home countries, military officials say. Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross interview all detainees before they are returned to their home countries, Bernard Barrett, a Red Cross spokesman, said.
In short, the U.S. has reverted back to the kind of renditions the Clinton Administration approved — without much public outcry — in the late 90s. In fact, I’d go as far as to say the new system, on the face of it, sounds more humane.