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End the disgrace of rendition

February 06, 2009

Re "CIA retains power to abduct," Feb. 1

For those of us who define torture as an immoral act, The Times' report makes clear that we still have work to do.

For me, the rendition program has been even more disgusting than torture carried out by U.S. officials themselves. It says that we know that what is going to happen to our prisoners is illegal, immoral and vile -- so instead of doing it ourselves, we will have someone else do it.

Whatever interrogations can be legitimately done, according to law and affirming the divine image in every human being, can be done by U.S. officials under U.S. and international law.

I hope Americans of all faiths will act to end this practice.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Philadelphia

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