I was reading a book review of two new books on torture and extraordinary rendition, and I came across this: Apparently, the President was wondering whether or not to authorize the "extraordinary rendition" of a terrorist suspect, having been advised by counsel that it was illegal. Then the Vice-President came in. laughed, and said "That's a no-brainer. Of course it's a violation of international law, that's why it's a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass." I was surprised. Should I have been?