Post 911 ‘War on Terror’ torture business boom at expense of innocent targeted individuals
The international human rights group Reprieve unveiled on Thursday some 1700 documents provided by its investigators about the CIA’s unlawful international kidnap-for-torture program, “rendition,” the first overview of how the U.S. secret programme was structured, managed and profitable for corporations involved in torturing some of the so-called “terror suspects” as first reported by the Guardian. An analysis of the documents in relation to innocent Targeted Individuals in American communities listed as “terror suspects” since 911, numbering at least 350,000, has yet to be reported.
“These documents reveal how the CIA’s secret network of torture sites was able to operate unchecked for so many years” stated the legal charity Reprieve legal director, Cori Crider.
“They also reveal what a farce it was that the CIA managed to get the prisoners’ torture claims kicked out as secret, while all of the details of its sinister business were hiding in plain sight.”
Associated Press describe Reprieve’s findings as painting “a sweeping portrait of collusion between the government and the private contractors that did its bidding — some eagerly, some hesitantly. Other firms turned a blind eye.”
The thousands of operational and legal documents, first disclosed as part of a New York court case fought from 2007 to 2011, offer a more comprehensive overview of the CIA’s corporatized structure and management of ‘extraordinary renditions’ that Reprieve highlights is “otherwise known as kidnap.”
“The scale of the CIA’s rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate in minute detail how the U.S. contracted out secret transportation of suspects to a network of private American companies,” reported the Guardian after reviewing the documents provided by Reprieve.
With DynCorps playing a major role, private business jets shuttling as many as 10 landings over a single mission, cost the government as much as $300,000 per flight according to the Associated Press report Thursday.
Identities of some of the other corporations and executives involved in the U.S. kidnap-torture programme have been disclosed for the first time.
The Guardian speculates that a consequence might be the CIA programme victims suing some of those corporations and individuals.
“‘The New York case concerns Sportsflight, an aircraft broker, and Richmor, an aircraft operator. Sportsflight entered into an arrangement to make a Gulfstream IV executive jet available at $4,900 an hour rather than the market rate of $5,450. A crew was available to fly at 12 hours’ notice. The government wanted “the cheapest aircraft to fulfil a mission’, Sportsflight’s owner, Don Moss, told the court.
“But it was the early days of the rendition programme, and business was booming: the court heard that Sportsflight told Richmor: “The client says we’re going to be very, very busy.” (Guardian)
Crew member expense claim invoices submitted after their secret journeys included “£3 biscuits and £30 bottles of wine” reported the Guardian.
Reprieve’s evidence shows how:
- A complicated billing chain obscured the ultimate end user of the flights — the CIA
- The US government used the same aircraft – tail number N85VM, owned by Liverpool FC owner Philip Morse — for over 55 flights to Guantanamo Bay, Kabul, Bangkok, Dubai, Islamabad, Cairo, Baghdad, Djibouti, Rabat, Frankfurt, Ramstein, Rome, Tenerife, the Azores and Bucharest
- The plane, a Gulfstream jet, frequently passed through British and Irish airports en route, including Shannon, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London Luton
- Richmor executives used disturbing newspeak to describe the ghost prisoners that they were shuttling to torture sites, referring to them as “invitees”
- All rendition flights were covered by a “letter of convenience” from the U.S. State Department
- The CIA continued paying millions to cover its its tracks well after its illegal rendition-to-torture programme was made public
“This new evidence tells a chilling story, from the CIA’s efforts to disguise its illegal activities to the price it paid to ferry prisoners to torture chambers across the world,” Crider said. “If we are to avoid repeating our mistakes, we must have a full accounting of how this system was allowed to flourish under our very noses.”
The documents add detail to several notorious rendition cases, including that of Abu Omar, snatched in Milan in February 2003 and rendered to torture in Egypt – a case that culminated in the in absentia kidnapping conviction of 22 CIA operatives by an Italian judge.
Reprieve notes how the term “state secret” has been used by the U.S. government to hide its corporatized torture of targeted individuals.
“Astonishingly, whereas in the case brought in 2007 by the American Civil Liberties Union against flight planner Jeppesen for facilitating torture flights, the government stepped in and used “state secrets privilege” to shut down proceedings.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that “in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the CIA’s Rendition Group, a division of the agency’s CounterTerrorism Center, was tasked with finding terrorism suspects, orchestrating their capture and transferring them for interrogation to covert prison sites in allied countries.”
Of interest to the lesser known Post 911 phenomenon involving targeted individuals, “suspects,” who consistently alledge air stalking is the role of Dyncorps. Reprieve reported Thursday:
“Flights were arranged by a Virginia-based private military company, Dyncorp, which later merged with the technology company Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Employees at Dyncorp/CSC located brokers, who in turn located flight operators with available aircraft and crews. The government – the ultimate customer – paid a reduced hourly rate for exclusive rights to the services of Richmor’s N85VM, initially over a six-month period between June and November 2002. A working arrangement between the various parties continued through to 2005, however.
AP highlights that in some cases, the notes in the documents added that jets used in the program “were not restricted by standard federal flight rules governing aircraft for hire.”
The newly revealed documents “appear to include sensitive material, such as logs of air-to-ground phone calls made from the plane,” showing “multiple calls to CIA headquarters; to the cell- and home phones of a senior CIA official involved in the rendition program; and to a government contractor, Falls Church-based DynCorp, that worked for the CIA,” reported The Washington Post.
The Guardian reports:
“Richmor was providing the aircraft for DynCorp, a private military company, which was acting on behalf of the CIA. The bills for the operation passed through Sportsflight and a second aircraft broker, Capital Aviation. Portions of DynCorp were sold by its parent company in 2005. The entity that was sold became known as DynCorp International.
“The aircraft’s ultimate owner was Phillip Morse, an American businessman with substantial sporting interests who was subsequently appointed vice-chairman of Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns Liverpool FC.
“In between rendition flights the aircraft was used to fly the Boston Red Sox baseball team,” according to the report. Targeted Individuals might question how else those aircraft were used.
Also of interest to Targeted Individuals secretly RFID chipped without their knowledge or consent, wondering how this can occur in the “privacy” of one’s home, is the Guardian‘s front-page inclusion of how the operatives drug their victims with anal suppositories:
“Enough details of the rendition programme generally have now been disclosed to know that men on these flights were usually sedated through anal suppositories before being dressed in nappies and orange boiler suits, then hooded and muffled and trussed up in the back of the aircraft.
Richmor’s president, Mahlon Richards told the court that the aircraft carried “government personnel and their invitees” (pdf) and that they were “complemented all the time by the government.”
“Invitees?” queried Judge Paul Czajka.
“Invitees,” confirmed Richards. They were being flown across the world because the US government believed them to be “bad guys”, he said. Richmor performed well, Richards added. “We were complimented all the time.” “By the invitees?” asked the judge. “Not the invitees, the government.”
FOI documents revealed in August 2010 that the number of Americans targeted by the U.S. government in its “anti-terror campaign” could exceed 350,000. (See: “Collateral Damage USA: Extremist cells target 350,000 US civilians, Dupré, D., knotmove.com”)
With few exceptions, Targeted Individuals are continually denied their day in court. Mr. Jame Walbert, an inventor who was secretly forcibly chipped in his brain without his knowledge or consent, is one of the only Targeted Individuals who has managed to take this less known, non-traditional type of torture case to court. Walbert won his case and is now preparing for a continuation in federal court that is due to be equally explosive.
“Extrapolating from Bill Taylor, LPI Targeted Individual cases known to be RFID implanted, one-tenth of extremists’ targets have been secretly, forcibly implanted for easier tracking and assaulting with DEWs.” (“Collateral Damage USA: Extremist cells target 350,000 US civilians”)
Crider said, “When you see all these details, litigated for years in the open, the question that comes to mind is: why were Binyam Mohamed, Bisher al-Rawi, and all the other rendition victims denied their day in court?”
“This case proves, once and for all, that the reason the government blocked the rendition cases was not to ‘protect sensitive material’. It was to avoid embarrassment.”
While the government succeeded for almost eleven years in avoiding embarrassment about its higher profile kidnap and torture cases, 350,000 Targeted Individuals in the U.S. would likely agree, this cover-up exposure event is only tip of the CIA and Homeland Security’s so-called “anti-terror” torture iceberg. An increasing bonanza for private contractors selling out to the “War on Terror” continues, at the expense of millions of innocent civilians globally.