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The Misuse Of Torture In Rendition

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What if someone you love just disappeared? The United States used this same idea to install a program known as the extraordinary rendition. It was put in place during the Clinton administration, but became publically recognized after 9/11. In the context of the movie, Rendition, rendition refers to the transfer of suspected terrorists outside of the United States to a foreign country, where harsh interrogation and torture takes place. Although Rendition was installed to protect the United States from terrorist attacks, the rendition of Anwar El- Ibrahimi represents the government’s misuse of the program.
In the movie, Rendition, a terrorist bombing occurs in a foreign country and an American envoy is killed. An investigation is then dispatched, which leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the Unites States for many years and who is married to a United States citizen. This man, Anwar El- Ibrahimi, is then apprehended on his way home from a business meeting in Egypt. As Anwar El- Ibrahimi is now a terrorist suspect and is appeared to have gone missing on his flight back to the United States, his wife, Isabella El- Ibrahimi and a CIA analyst are trying to figure out where he is. The U.S government wants to find the mastermind who committed such terrorist attacks so they can prevent future attempts like these. In the movie, Alan Smith, CIA Analyst, confronts Corrine Williams, CIA’s Head of Operation Rendition, on human rights and she replies, “Honey, this is nasty business. There are upwards of 7,000 people in central London alive tonight, because of information that we elicited just this way. So maybe you put your head on your pillow and feel proud for saving one man while 7,000 perish, but I got grandkids in London, so I'm glad I'm doing this job... and you're not. We can torture one, and save 7000. Those are ‘good’ statistics.” Under these circumstances where torturing one man can result in saving 7,000 people, this seems really good, but how can one be sure that the information told to us is 100% accurate?
What if hostages learn to say anything in order to save their own life? In the movie, Rendition, it raises the issue of ends justifying the means, but it does not develop it fairly or thoughtfully. As Corrine Whitman said, “ 7000 alive, one tortured maybe dead.” Douglas Freeman, a CIA agent, makes a valuable point as to why torture is not infallible. He asks the torturer, “ In all the years you've been doing this, how often can you say that we've produced truly legitimate intelligence? Once? Twice? Ten times? (SubZin, 39) ” As Anwar is tortured, he finally breaks and gives his captors what they want, information. But how good is information obtained in this manner? It is obvious that a person would give any type of confession, so one could stop the pain being inflicted on them. So why keep on practicing torture? Douglas then pleads to Chief Fawal, the torturer to give him a sign that rendition has accomplished...

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