Frontline also profiles another rendition victim -- Bisher al-Rawi, a British national picked up in Gambia in 2002 after the CIA believed he had ties to al-Qaeda -- but the program also highlights how U.S. allies are taking their cues from the U.S.'s embrace of rendition as a sound counterterrorism practice. In December, following the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, the Kenyan authorities rounded up a number of Somalis at their shared border and flew them to Ethiopia for harsh treatment. Among them was the wife of an al-Qaeda operative named Fazul Abdullah, who helped pull off the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that murdered over 200 people. The Ethiopian prime minister unapologetically told Frontline, "You find the wife, you don't find the husband, and the wife is fleeing the battlefield, you do not know whether the wife is just a wife or a comrade and a colleague in the art of terrorism."
Several of the victims of the Kenyan-Ethiopian rendition were forced onto Ethiopian TV to state how well they were being treated. After the release of 16 of them, several claimed torture, and some even claimed that the FBI participated in their abuse. The bureau denies involvement, but ex-FBI counterterrorist Jack Cloonan comments, "If you wanna engage in activity that you're blaming these people for, you need to step above it, rise above it, and stick to what you know to be your way of operating, which is transparency, treat people humanely... that's what works."