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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

CIA Ghost Plane

The Sunday Times of London recently reported that US intelligence agencies are making use of a Gulfstream 5 jet for interrogating detainees:

Bob Baer, a former CIA operative in the Middle East, said: “If you want a serious interrogation you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured you send them to Syria. If you want someone to send them to Egypt.”

Among the countries where prisoners have been sent by America is Uzbekistan, a close ally and a dictatorship whose secret police are notorious for their interrogation methods, including the alleged boiling of prisoners. The Gulfstream made at least seven trips to the Uzbek capital.

Now the Washington Post is running the story. They say that the CIA calls this activity "rendition," and note that the World Organization for Human Rights is working on legal challenges, because transferring captives to countries that use harsh interrogation methods that are outlawed in the US is prohibited by the U.N. Convention on Torture.

Culture of shamelessness indeed.