Criminalizing Extraordinary Rendition: Global Civil Society and the Promise of International Law
This article draws on the literature on accountability mechanisms to predict that Bush administration officials will be held criminally liable under international law for their roles in developing and implementing the practice of “extraordinary rendition.” Through an analysis of recent developments, including the widespread publication of facts about secret rendition flights, the creation of reports, and a complaint filed against high officials of the Bush administration, this article demonstrates that the US government’s arguments defending the extraordinary rendition program have been rejected by global civil society as artful policymaking aimed at allowing the United States to shirk its obligations under international law. The transnational push for accountability is likely to succeed, I argue, even though such challenges have rarely been levied against officials of superpower states
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