Extraordinary Rendition in the Underground

December 2nd, 2010 by Justin Kemerling
[caption id="attachment_3416" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="HVD: High-Value Detainee"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3415" align="alignnone" width="520" caption="HVD #56SS / First Name: Hassan"][/caption] “[W]e don’t kick the [expletive] out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the [expletive] out of them.” A man walks down the street in a foreign city. A car stops, men dressed in black with masks over their faces jump out, grab him and spirit him away to where a private plane -- usually a Gulfstream jet -- is waiting. The man is shackled, perhaps hooded, perhaps drugged. The plane takes off and travels to somewhere in Poland or Romania, Egypt or Syria. The man is held captive, perhaps for months. What he endures is often physical and mental degradation and pain. The scenario may sound like a spy thriller or a video game, but extraordinary rendition is all too real. (break) The term extraordinary rendition is used to describe the practice of secretly capturing suspected criminals or terrorists without the knowledge of anyone else, including the governments of the countries in which individuals reside. They are then secretly rendered to other countries, secret detention centers or “black sites.” This way individuals can be transferred to other locations to be tortured by proxy without ostensibly violating the United Nations Convention Against Torture and without the writ of habeas corpus. (break) The role of the artist is to transcend conventional wisdom, to transcend the word of the establishment, to transcend the orthodoxy, to go beyond and escape what is handed down by the government or what is said in the media. [Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War]. [caption id="attachment_3426" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Obtain Clearance Here"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3427" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Please sit down and look into the camera"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3521" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="HVDs: "Damn Right.""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3423" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Watch Your Head"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3430" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="You Are Extraordinary, Safe and Happy to be on the Right Side"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3431" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The United States is a country of laws. Our leaders have sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We believe in the rule of law. The United States Government must protect its citizens. We and our friends around the world have the responsibility to work together in finding practical ways to defend ourselves against ruthless enemies."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3432" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="And these terrorists are some of the most ruthless enemies we face. We cannot discuss information that would compromise the success of intelligence, law enforcement, and military operations. We expect that other nations share this view. The United States has respected—and will continue to respect—the sovereignty of other countries."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3433" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The United States does not transport, and has not transported, detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture. The United States does not use the airspace or the airports of any country for the purpose of transporting a detainee to a country where he or she will be tortured."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3434" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The United States has not transported anyone, and will not transport anyone, to a country when we believe he will be tortured. Where appropriate, the United States seeks assurances that transferred persons will not be tortured."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3435" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Official U.S. Booklet"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3421" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Welcome to Extraordinary Rendition. Otherwise known as the right side of history."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3438" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Wall of Surveillance"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3440" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="An agent records while Air Force One circles in the background"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3441" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless electronic surveillance program was created by the government to monitor individuals inside and outside the U.S. without the judicial oversight mandated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3442" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="We Are Watching You"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3524" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="It's Patriotism"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3444" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Big Bad Wolf"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3445" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Delightful Pink Bunny Heads"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3446" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Opening Night in the Underground"][/caption] (break) This exhibition is a collaboration by Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko with Jamie Burmeister, Peter Cales, Justin Kemerling, Landi Olsen, Nolan Tredway, Carol Zuegner, Sarah Baker Hansen, omahaliveartdivisionaims and aims to encourage discourse about the practice of extraordinary rendition. 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One Response to “Extraordinary Rendition in the Underground”

  1. TIM Says:

    One of the nicest documentations I have seen of the show. Nice, Justin

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