Irregular Rendition's Variation on a Theme by Hamdi

36 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 2008


I apply the pragmatic approach of Justice O'Connor's opinion in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld to propose a better legal (and political) framework for irregular rendition. Following Justice O'Connor, I try to split the difference between the civil liberties camp and the executive supremacy camp on a contentious issue of national security law. My proposal, less restrictive of CIA practices than Senator Biden's proposed legislation in 2007, includes a FISA-type court and adds more process and oversight to the transfers of suspected terrorists outside the formalities of extradition. With better controls, there is still room for irregular rendition between intelligence services as a part of American counterterrorism.

Keywords: irregular rendition, extraordinary rendition, torture, interrogation, transfers, oversight, assurances, post-transfer monitoring, FISA review, and intelligence agencies

Suggested Citation

Radsan, Afsheen John, Irregular Rendition's Variation on a Theme by Hamdi (September 2008). North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Vol. 33, No. 595, 2008, William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 99, Available at SSRN:

Afsheen John Radsan (Contact Author)

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