FBI memo warned against sending terrorism suspects abroad to be tortured

FBI memo warned against sending terrorism suspects abroad to be tortured

[JURIST] An FBI memo obtained by Newsweek to be reported in its August 8 print edition warned three years ago that government officials could be prosecuted for planning transfers of terrorism suspects to countries that allow torture, a process called extraordinary rendition [Wikipedia backgrounder]. A senior FBI official said the memo was only advisory and not an official legal conclusion. Rights groups have sharply criticized rendition [JURIST report] and accused Egypt of being a host nation [JURIST report], though both President Bush and Egypt have denied accusations of torture [JURIST report]. US government officials have confirmed that 65 suspects were transferred from Guantanamo for detention or prosecution in other nations. Newsweek has more.