I’m firmly against torture, which unfortunately has become the “I have lots of black friends” or “not that there’s anything wrong with that” of the Naughts. That said, it should come as no surprise that I have problems with the CIA’s rendition program, too. That said*, I think maybe there’s more to this story than meets the eye:
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan on behalf of three Al Qaida suspects transported by the CIA under the so-called “extraordinary rendition program.”
It seems to me that the ACLU is going after Boeing’s deep pockets just because they’re the deepest pockets related to the rendition program. Isn’t that like suing GMAC because a GMAC-financed car was involved in a hit-n-run case? It’s one thing to use the courts to try and stop a government program you find reprehensible. It’s quite another to line al Qaeda’s pockets at the expense of an American company.
*Thanks to Andy Sullivan, one has to go through lots of That Saids when speaking of torture, or torture-like activities.