The word “rendition” on today’s front page in a story about pilots linked to a CIA operation sent me to a dictionary. I knew that “rendition” is related to “render,” but I wasn’t sure about the word in the context it was used in the story. The first thing I think of when I read or hear “rendition” is a performance, as of a song.
Here is one sentence from the story that gives a clue to the meaning:
Elsewhere in Europe, legal and parliamentary investigations have focused a harsh spotlight on the CIA’s program to abduct suspected terrorists and ferry them to secret sites for interrogation, operations known variously as “black renditions” or “extraordinary renditions.”
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