The Gulfstream 5 and a Boeing 737 are both leased from Premier Executive Transport Services in Massachusetts. They have been spotted at airports abroad, taking on hooded, drugged suspects who are bundled onto the planes by masked US agents.
Countries with poor human rights records to which the Americans have delivered prisoners include Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan, according to the files. The logs have prompted allegations from critics that the agency is using such regimes to carry out "torture by proxy" -- a charge denied by the American government.
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The most chilling paragraph is near the end of the article, describing the heirarchy of choices open to the CIA:
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.
Oh, but not to worry because Bushco says none of this is true:
The perception of the United States among civilised nations is becoming more and more like a banana republic rogue state. Substantiation of US torture tactics and abuse of international laws and conventions will reinforce a prejudice against and distrust of the US government. It is worth remembering that the 370 million people of Europe's 25 nations have banned the death penalty, torture, racial discrimination, religious persecution and abuse of human rights. Many lived under Soviet or Nazi occupations and know the implications which follow from a government placing itself above the interests of its people and above laws ensuring protection of due process. They take these principles very seriously indeed, and cannot understand how Americans can be blind to them, or even support their erosion.