Rendition

If you haven’t seen the film, here’s the plot summary of Rendition:

“After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country. An investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he’s on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it.”

Back in the day when people debated the death penalty, you’d sometimes hear the question:

Would it be preferable to execute 100 guilty men, knowing that one of them was innocent… or to let 100 innocent men go free, knowing that one of them was guilty?

Torture_2In the movie Rendition, Meryl Streep’s character does a spin on that. Something along the lines of it would be worth torturing an innocent man if the use of torture produced intelligence that saved 7,000 lives (in London?).

I’m sad to say that a lot (most?) of folks I know would say, “Hell yes, do whatever it takes to get ’em to talk!”

Even if your son is the innocent victim?

A thought provoking movie… unless you’ve stopped think.