Damned if we do, damned if we don’t

I READ Harry McGee’s article, “Security issues fly under the radar” (Irish Examiner, June 17) with interest.

In it, he criticised the US policy of rendition, whereby terrorism suspects are transferred to third parties for interrogation. McGee seems none too pleased about this process.

He would do well to remember the US has few options available that would please “human rights” advocates.

We are accused of violating due process when our government keeps enemy combatants in Guantánamo Bay; we are accused of sentencing them to a certain death when we send these thugs back to their home countries.

What, then, are we to do with individuals who have demonstrable links to terrorist organisations? The US does not capture and transport people for fun. We do it to keep those people from killing our citizens.

I would love to hear suggestions other than the usual attacks on our efforts to get information from dangerous people.

Brian Shea Murphy

Franklin County



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