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Maybe Not the Right Word?

Rob Meltzer

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I think he meant that the suspect faced “extradition,” which is what it means to send someone back to another American jurisdiction. Rendition generally means to send a suspect over seas, to face interrogation or charges. Rendition usually occurs under strict treaty terms. As far as I can tell, we use the phrase extraordinary rendition when what we’re doing is illegal. I don’t know–maybe they torture people in New York now. In any event, other than the other exciting news in the MetroWest Daily News, including the fact that tourists should come and see the world’s largest rosary (in Holliston), its interesting how the vocabulary of the GWOT is creeping into the language in every day use.