'US sends captives to torture nations'

A US jet registered to a ghost company whisks terror suspects to countries that use torture, according to a report in The Washington Post.

    The plane is said to have visited Guantanamo Bay

    The newspaper

     said on Monday that th

    e Gulfstream V turbojet has been seen at US military bases

    around the world, often loading up hooded and shackled suspects and

    delivering them to countries known to use torture

    .

    The daily investigated the ownership of the jet,

    tail number N379P, 

    which has been

    spotted in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya,

    Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan,

    according to the newspaper.

    The officers of the plane's corporate owner, Premier Executive

    Transport Services, are all listed with dates of birth in the 1940s,

    1950s and 1960s, but with social security numbers issued since 1998.

    However, the newspaper was unable to locate any further business or credit information on them or on the company.

    The CIA refused to comment, but such "proprietary" or front

    corporations are standard procedure for the agency, former

    operatives told The Washington Post.

    Worrying

    The "rendering" of suspects to countries that employ

    interrogation techniques banned in the US is worrying

    and could violate the UN Convention on Torture, World Organisation

    for Human Rights USA executive director Morton Sklar said

    .

    Rights groups say Guantanamo
    Bay is a concentration camp

    The article confirmed much of a 14 November article

    published in the British weekly newspaper The Sunday Times which obtained flight

    plans for the plane, which, it said, always departed from

    Washington and had visited the US navy base at Guantanamo Bay,

    Cuba, where about 550 suspects are held.

    Swedish television programme Cold Facts reported that in

    December 2001, the jet took hooded prisoners to Egypt,

    according to The Washington Post, which confirmed the Swedish report

    independently.

    The paper said the plane, with hooded crew members speaking with

    US accents, loaded two Egyptian nationals and took off at 4.30am

    for Cairo.

    It said airport officials and amateur plane spotters, some using

    binoculars, had logged multiple sightings of N379P at several US

    military airports and fuelling stations.

    SOURCE: AFP


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