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House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing last April on the policy
of “extraordinary rendition,” referring to the seizure of suspected
terrorists and their transfer to a foreign country for detention and
The record of the hearing, which has just been published
(pdf), features the volatile Michael Scheuer, a former CIA official
involved in the rendition program. It is exceptionally nasty and
Mr. Scheuer, veering from outrageous to absurd and back again,
attacked John McCain, the Washington Post’s Dana Priest and quite a few
others in remarkably offensive terms.
See “Extraordinary Rendition in U.S. Counterterrorism Policy: The Impact on Transatlantic Relations,” House Foreign Affairs Committee, April 17, 2007.
“Oftentimes,” Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) delicately observed, “people
aspire to a higher percentage of their thoughts going unspoken than
this hearing has demonstrated.”
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