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The island - named after 16th century Spanish explorer Diego Garcia de Moguer - gained some notoriety in the past 10 years after reports claimed that the U.S. used Diego Garcia to transport and detain alleged terrorists.
Police are urgently investigating whether Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the flight, had practiced landing at the runway on the island, which is long enough to land a Boeing 777.
They lived there for five generations until the early 1970s when the archipelago was excised from Mauritius by the United Kingdom. The Chagossians were evicted and the archipelago now forms part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
The British Foreign Office is to ‘neutrally’ examine options and risks involved in re-establishing the Chagossian community on the Indian Ocean archipelago Since Britain established the archipelago as the world’s largest marine reserve in 2010, it is illegal to fish there — except for the U.S. military who have been allowed to catch about 50 tonnes of fish for sport.
The setting up of the reserve by the then-foreign secretary David Miliband was widely interpreted as an attempt to prevent any resettlement by the evicted Chagossians.
Even if the Chagossians won the legal right to return, they might be unable to live on the islands if they were not allowed to fish.
From the islanders’ point of view, this decision by the FCO was more of the same. Unfeasible and uneconomic resettlement suited the FCO nicely. Yes, we moved you unlawfully 30 years ago, but you have to stay where you are because we now say it is impractical to move you back. The FCO countered – it is unfeasible, the islands need significant investment in infrastructure and employment (which the Chagossians could not provide from their own resources), and our consultants who carried out the review agree with us.
When we Chagossians lived on our islands, the seas and lagoons were pristine. When the Americans arrived, they caused massive environmental degradation, including bulldozing our villages and flattening graveyards. To create building materials, they started dynamiting the lagoon of Diego Garcia, killing fish and destroying large areas of coral reef. For many years we have been pressing BIOT to conduct an environmental audit of the effects of the US occupation. This has been consistently refused, with the explanation that the impact of the occupation is minimal. We can now see that throughout this period there have been no controls on the pollution. We are the real guardians of our homeland. Until we are allowed to return, we think that this degradation is bound to be permitted to continue.
i woked at a place called "C" site. When I was there, it was a pretty sleepy place and we only occaisonally got visitors. It is part of a place called the "British Indian Ocean Territory". The plantation side was off-limits excpet by permit. the whole place could be taken out with a small tsunami. i think the "BLACK BUILDINGS" you refer to in your photos may be milvans. it looks pretty close to harbor ops but I can't be sure. all i know, it's NOT WORTH the plane ride to visit, if you DON"T have to go there on purpose !
originally posted by: kevbrownuk
I beleive this base is home to the Majority of the US's Stealth planes and B52s, It's position gives the UK/US a stronghold over the likes of Afghanistan etc. I beleive that this is where the body of bin laden was taken, I never believed it was thrown overboard, it's probably still in a freezer somewhere on US soil now,