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CIA Pick Panetta: No More Torture, Renditions

Thursday, 05 Feb 2009 03:41 PM

WASHINGTON — CIA Director nominee Leon Panetta says the Obama administration will not conduct the same kind of "extraordinary rendition" that were allowed under the Bush administration.

Panetta told a Senate committee on Thursday that Obama forbids what Panetta called "that kind of extraordinary rendition — when we send someone for the purpose of torture or actions by another country that violate our human values."

CIA Director Michael Hayden has said that the Bush administration moved secret prisoners between countries for interrogations and imprisonment, separate from the judicial system, fewer than 100 times.

Panetta is testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his plans for the CIA should he be confirmed as its next director.

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