A new twist in the war on terror: "reverse rendition"

| Tue Mar. 29, 2005 1:57 PM EST

This from Human Rights Watch.

A Yemeni businessman captured in Egypt was handed over to U.S. authorities and "disappeared" for more than a year and a half before being sent to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. ...

HRW details the previously unreported case of Abd al-Salam Ali al-Hila, who was "essentially kidnapped on the streets of Cairo and then 'disappeared' into US custody," and says this is no one-off.

While considerable attention has been paid recently to U.S. renditions of suspects to third countries, the al-Hila case is new evidence of the reverse: foreign authorities picking up suspects in non-combat and non-battlefield situations and handing them over to the United States without basic protections afforded to criminal suspects.