BB Video: How you can get involved in the torture cases documented in "OUTLAWED."

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Last week on Boing Boing Video, we presented two episodes which were excerpts from a documentary film called OUTLAWED, about people who have survived extraordinary rendition and torture in America's War on Terror. The film was produced by, the human rights/video organization founded by Peter Gabriel, and created in partnership with more than a dozen other human rights groups including the ACLU. In case you missed the excerpts we ran, here they are again, embedded above and below. Direct download link for part 1, Direct download link for part 2.

A number of Boing Boing commenters asked how interested people could help or take action on the cases presented in these video episodes. Bryan Nunez from Witness says, "Here are a couple places where people can take action:, and here is Amnesty International's page related to these issues. Hope this helps."

Read the original blog posts for each of these Boing Boing Video episodes, for more background:

* Boing Boing Video: "OUTLAWED" excerpts, pt. 1 -- Guantánamo Detainee Who Survived Torture.
* Boing Boing Video: "OUTLAWED" excerpts, pt. 2 -- Khaled El-Masri.


  1. Thank you very much! I was one of the people wanting resource/contact info and I’m happy to see it.

  2. To add:

    Because trying to tie the Obama administration to extraordinary rendition–which is what this post is about–versus rendition (which even the spokesperson from Human Rights Watch says is acceptable in some circustances, according to the article you linked) is either ignorant or deceitful.

  3. Thanks for all the interest in Outlawed. I just wanted to weigh in briefly on the comments above.

    Extraordinary Rendition occurs when one country transfers a person to another country where that person faces a real risk of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment (that can be to an overseas detention facility run by the CIA where interrogation techniques are employed). This is without due process.

    Rendition is a transfer and that could be a lawful transfer that is pursuant to extradition laws. For example, it could be a transfer of a person suspected of involvement in criminal activity from country A to the US to stand trial.

    The thing to remember about Extraordinary Rendition is that it is extrajudicial and the suspects are being transferred where they face risk of torture.

    Read more here:

    And I’ll post info soon about what you might be able to do for El-Masri.

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