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Published on Jul 20, 2014
Gleb Kanasevich - bass clarinet Stephanie Titus - piano Live performance from visiting artist faculty recital at soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. July 9, 2014
"Beginning in the mid 1990s, the CIA instituted a program of extraordinary rendition, wherein foreign nationals suspected of terrorist activity were detained, without legal process, and then covertly transported to countries where regulations for interrogation were less stringent than those imposed the United States or completely absent. The program was dramatically escalated after the September 11 attacks and was defended vigorously by the Bush administration. Former CIA agent Robert Baer describes renditions bleakly: 'If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear — never to see them again — you send them to Egypt.'
"The etymology of 'extraordinary rendition' can perhaps be traced to the meaning of the verb rend: to tear, to remove from a place by violence, to wrest. Other meanings include to tear (the hair or clothing) as a sign of anger, grief, or despair, to lacerate with painful feelings, and to pierce with sound." - Jason Eckardt