Bush defends "rendition", says suspect not knowingly handed over to torture
WHITE HOUSE President Bush is defending the C-I-A's controversial "rendition" program, saying America always gets assurances that terror suspects won't be tortured before they're sent to other countries.At a White House news conference, the president said the administration doesn't approve of torture -- but it does believe in protecting America.
And he says the practice of capturing potential terrorists and sending them to their country of origin is necessary "in the post-September Eleventh world."
Human rights groups have accused the administration of using "rendition" to get around America's own anti-torture laws. And U-S allies are investigating the practice -- following reports that in one case, a terror suspect was snatched off a Milan street.
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