USA: Boeing subsidiary accused of profiting from torture flights

This video is called Khaled El-Masri – Victim of C.I.A. Rendition.

CIA kidnap victim Khaled El-Masri and attorneys speak outside a Virginia federal court in the USA after a hearing in the ACLU’s challenge to ‘extraordinary rendition.’

El-Masri was abducted, detained and flown to a secret torture facility by CIA operatives, who interrogated him for four months before realizing he had been kidnapped by mistake and releasing him in the dark of night on a hill in Albania.

To learn more about his case and secrete CIA kidnapping, go here.

By David Walsh:

As part of CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program

Boeing subsidiary accused of profiting from torture

1 June 2007

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit May 30 accusing Jeppesen Dataplan, a subsidiary of Boeing, of providing flight services that enabled the CIA to transport suspects illegally to locations where they were brutally tortured.

The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of three men, Binyam Mohamed, Abou Elkassim Britel and Ahmed Agiza, who have suffered nightmarish fates at the hands of one or more intelligence service. All three men remain incarcerated.

At a New York City press conference, ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner commented, “This is the first time we are accusing a blue-chip American company of profiting from torture.”

See also here.

Khaled el-Masri update, October 2007: here.

17 thoughts on “USA: Boeing subsidiary accused of profiting from torture flights

  1. US blocks CIA extradition

    The Press Association

    September 23, 2007

    US authorities have informed Germany that they will not extradite 13 suspected CIA agents sought in the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen.

    A Justice Ministry spokeswoman in Berlin confirmed a report in the weekly Der Spiegel that the US administration had said it would not hand over the group.

    She said the ministry had, as a result, decided against passing on Munich prosecutors’ formal request for their arrest to Washington.

    The Justice Ministry last month sounded out US authorities’ willingness to cooperate with legal proceedings against the suspected agents, sending a legal request that officials say is a common first step in dealing with international arrest warrants.

    Munich prosecutors issued warrants for the arrest of the 13 suspected CIA agents at the end of January, accusing the unidentified suspects of wrongfully imprisoning Khaled el-Masri and causing him serious bodily harm.

    El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, maintains that he was abducted in December 2003 at the Serbian-Macedonian border and flown by the CIA to a detention centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was abused.

    He says he was released in Albania in May 2004, and that his captors told him he was seized in a case of mistaken identity.

    Human rights campaigners have focused on el-Masri’s story in pressing the US to stop flying terrorism suspects to countries other than the US where they could face abuse — a practice known as ‘extraordinary rendition.’

    In a separate case, Italy also has issued arrest warrants for alleged CIA agents.

    US officials have declined to address the case in public. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the US has acknowledged making a mistake with el-Masri.

    Copyright © 2007 The Press Association, All Rights Reserved.


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