Extraordinary rendition: Is the British Government turning a blind eye to torture?

doug_jewellOver the last three years allegations of ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights by the CIA, whereby people are taken to third party countries to face torture, have continued to surface in the media, in courtrooms and in international investigations. Doug Jewell, Campaigns Co-ordinator for the UK’s leading civil liberties and human rights group; Liberty, outlines what is known about this practice. Drawing upon the many reports and investigations underway he will examine what this practice involves, why it is illegal under international law and how it fits into a broader strategy for conducting the ‘war on terror’; a strategy which has undermined basic rights and freedoms whilst failing to safeguard security.