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Evan ThomasThese "extraordinary renditions," as they are benignly known, could be horrific. The secret police of Middle Eastern countries freely torture, and their tools of the trade -- as Stephen Grey shows in his powerful and damning Ghost Plane -- include razor blades applied to genitals. (Small cuts leave no scars.) Officially, of course, the United States "does not torture," as President Bush has said, and, officially, we ask other countries not to torture prisoners "rendered" into their custody by the United States. But renditions have been carried out with winks and nods and legalistic dodges. The veil has been fairly thin: The Bush administration signaled its true intentions from the beginning. Less than a week after 9/11, Vice President Cheney told Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" that the United States would be working "sort of the dark side" and "spending time in the shadows." The harsh particulars leaked out over time, in part thanks to enterprising journalists such as Grey.
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