posted on Sep, 25 2005 @ 09:27 PM
Private Companies selling the instruments of illegal torture for Clandestine and Illegal operations Prosecutors in Germany are calling Kidnapping.
Gotta Love Industrialist Morality. These planes are modified for prisoner transfer so obviously we have private companies building custom Prison
Planes for the CIA, and this contract was made through the Navy for illegal torture operations so you know every dime of this 'defense contract' has
been well documented and accounted for eh?
Navy Secretly Contracted Jets Used by CIA
The Associated Press
Saturday 24 September 2005
San Diego - A branch of the U.S. Navy secretly contracted a 33-plane fleet that included two Gulfstream jets reportedly used to fly terror
suspects to countries known to practice torture, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
At least 10 U.S. aviation companies were issued classified contracts in 2001 and 2002 by the obscure Navy Engineering Logistics Office for the
"occasional airlift of USN (Navy) cargo worldwide," according to Defense Department documents the AP obtained through a Freedom of Information Act
Two of the companies - Richmor Aviation Inc. and Premier Executive Transport Services Inc. - chartered luxury Gulfstreams that flew terror
suspects captured in Europe to Egypt, according to U.S. and European media reports. Once there, the men told family members, they were tortured.
Authorities in Italy and Sweden have expressed outrage over flights they say were illegal and orchestrated by the U.S. government.
While the Gulfstreams came under scrutiny in 2001, what hasn't been disclosed is the Navy's role in contracting planes involved in operations
the CIA terms "rendition" and what Italian prosecutors call kidnapping.
"A lot of us have been focusing on the role of the CIA but also suspecting that certain parts of the armed forces are involved," said Margaret
Satterthwaite, a New York University School of Law researcher who has investigated renditions.
The Navy contracts involve more planes than previously reported - other news outlets totaled 26 planes; the AP identified 33 planes.
Italian judges have issued arrest warrants for 19 purported CIA operatives who allegedly snatched a Muslim cleric from Milan in 2003 and flew him
to Cairo, according to FAA records cited by the Chicago Tribune, aboard Richmor's Gulfstream IV. The jet belongs to a part-owner of the Boston Red
Sox, who told The Boston Globe that the team's logo was covered when the CIA leased the plane. Another case involves two men taken from Sweden to
Egypt in 2001 aboard Premier's Gulfstream V.
Neither the CIA nor a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon would comment for this story. Officials at the Navy Engineering Logistics Office, or NELO,
in Arlington, Va., didn't respond to messages requesting comment.
Flying people from country to country where they could get legal immunity for torture, that's great. I'm proud to know my our dollars, indeed our
pride as a nation and the lives of our young soldiery, are so nobly spent setting such an example as this for the free world...
This privatization of warfare should be a real scary kind of thing for people who know where we're headed, coporations were given the same rights to
privacy as citizens during the Industrial revolution, which makes them above political reproach, or public scrutiny, yet here we have them running
around manipulating, er I mean lobbying and creating foriegn policy in their Private interests. You got Bush suspending the Posse Comitatus here at
home for civil unrest, so don't feel like all this in in some desert half way around the world.