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Thursday, May 05, 2005

More Raids, Arrests in Pakistan After Al-Libbi's Arrest

VOA News:

Pakistani security forces have rounded up about two dozen suspected al-Qaida members using information from the network's third-in-command who was arrested this week. Officials told Reuters news agency that the suspect became al-Qaida operations chief two years ago, and that he could provide leads to the whereabouts of top leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.
It seems as though capturing Al-Libbi has indeed turned out to be a big deal. Good.


Blogger Andrew Watkins said...

Do you think there will be more or less scrutiny about rendition in his case?

Better yet, let's say we captured bin Laden, and we knew an al-Qaeda operation was in motion, ready to kick off and go. We capture OBL, UBL, whatever, and realize we only have days to learn about this attack before it occurs.

Do those who have been vocally against rendition get louder, or softer?

I am not taking a stance on rendition, not in this comment space, anyway, I am just curious how that will play out, when it comes down to clearly saving lives...

5/05/2005 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

Since Pakistan captured him, redition is not an issue in this case.

I am opposed to rendition as a means to torture people. Although I think their are times when a person should be rendered to a country that practices torture for other reasons. I won't get into examples now, but suffice it to say that sometimes all availible choices are bad, and rendition isn't always the worst.

The hypothetical case in which a terrorist is caught and we have only days to prevent a major attack (say a nuke in NY) has been discussed numerous times. My feeling is that we should torture them if it will yeild useful information in a case like this(and yes, I believe that torture does work for gaining information IF the subject has it, anyone can be broken.) I think if we make such a choice though, we should do it ourselves and not hypocritically send the person somewhere else to keep our hands clean.

Obviously this is an extreme situation. How to write a law to deal with this (or if we should) and where to draw the line is more difficult. A nuke in NY is easy. The location of a guy who may know a guy who may someday put a nuke in NY is far less clear.

5/05/2005 06:03:00 PM  

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