Saturday, November 19, 2005

CIA Mystery Flights???

Here's an interesting story from Canada:

CIA-linked plane landed in Canada: Report
Nov. 19, 2005. 07:35 PM

OTTAWA (CP) — Records show a privately owned airplane that has been linked to an alleged CIA front flew from Newfoundland to the United States on Friday, raising new questions about Canada's role in the fight against terrorism.

Flight data obtained by The Canadian Press reveals the 40-seat turboprop plane travelled from St. John's, N.L., to New Hampshire and finally on to its home base in North Carolina.

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has come under scrutiny in recent months over its apparent use of civilian aircraft to ferry terrorism suspects around the globe.

Ottawa engineer Maher Arar says in 2002 he was bundled aboard a small jet that took him from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., Maine, Rome and eventually Jordan. From there, he was driven blindfolded to Syria, where he was imprisoned and interrogated as a suspected al-Qaida member.

Mr. Arar was a dual Canadian-Syrian citizen, and had every right to be in Canada. But note his final destination: Jordan.

The paper also notes this:

The flight data records obtained Saturday by CP indicate the N196D turboprop left St. John's on Friday for Manchester, N.H., then carried on to Johnston County Airport in Smithfield, N.C.

The airport has been identified as an alleged hub for covert American air operations.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane in question is registered to Devon Holding and Leasing Inc. of Lexington, N.C.

In late May, the New York Times published a photograph of a similar plane, with the identification number N168D, to illustrate a story about the CIA's extensive use of civilian aircraft.

According to FAA records, that plane is also registered to Devon Holding and Leasing.

Hmm...N196, Devon Holding and leasing. Now here is another interesting passage:

John Sifton, an analyst with New York-based Human Rights Watch, said in an interview with La Presse the two Devon aircraft suspected of landing on Canadian soil had the authority to land "on any U.S. military base on the planet."

He said two other aircraft had similar authorization. Those planes also landed in Canada in 2001, according to aircraft registries consulted by the newspaper.

Well guess what Canadians; I think you might have missed a torture plane.

Because here's a picture of non other than flight N196D, in Malta, taken on May 17, 2004.

And the flight path of that flight:

Routed via Halifax[Canada]-New Foundland[Canada](CYYT)-BIKF(KEFLAVIK Iceland)-Edinburgh-Frankfurt-Malta-Amman(Jordan).

So we are 1.) Secretly sending planes 2.) Through countries without asking their permission or informing them of the true nature of the flight 3.) To third countries where torture is known to be practiced so we can hand over the suspects.

I keep thinking things can't get much worse, and the Bush administration keeps proving me wrong. Sorry Canada. And victims of torture.


Blogger Gary said...

BBC map does not show Iceland as transit point

7:49 AM  

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