Saturday, November 18, 2006

Are there any jobs our country won't "outsource"?
First manufacturing jobs... IT Customer Service jobs...
of (not-proven-guilty-of-anything) detainees.
Some of whom are grabbed because the spelling of their name is the same as a terror suspect's.
Could you imagine the public outrage and outcry... if the CIA's spook squads had lists of people with the name "SMITH", instead of "Ali-something" or "Mohammed"... and they were grabbing whomever had the name George Smith... John Smith... Jane Smith... and shipping them off to Egypt or Africa or wherever... to an unlit concrete cell to be tortured... until they confess... to what?!

As many military experts have declared... One can torture a person to a point where they will say anything... admit to anything... just to get the bamboo slivers removed from underneath their nails... so their "interrogators" will stop "dunking"/drowning them... so they will either take the electrodes off of you or disconnect them from the car battery...

"Oops! Sorry, Mr. Smith. We thought you were someone else. How 'bout this... We'll fly you back home, for free! You don't have to thank us... I'm sure the wife will be glad to find out your not dead... Tell her? No... We're a hush-hush, black ops organization... If we told her we'd have to kill her..."

Here's a very brief piece about the Bush Admin.'s Torture Flights - the brief and violent history of which includes cases of "mistaken identity" - I can hear the dorks in charge now... "... A-L-I... His name's spelled the same way... so he Must be our guy... the evil-doer... the Terrorist! Nah, we don't need to check anything else. What? Where he works? We know where he works... He works for Osama! Or the Taliban! Or Whatever! That's the name on the list... Book his flight, strip him, put a hood on him and 'Hasta la Vista'! He's not our problem anymore and we can check one more name off of our list, and maybe we'll get a promotion... or a Medal!".

It is based upon a recent New York Times article, which follows, in its entirety.
*Please note*
I added the pictures to the articles.

The UN General Assembly adopted a declaration in 1975 stating that:
"any act of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is an offence to human dignity and shall be condemned as a denial of the purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and as a violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."


Nov 16, 2006 9:21 pm US/Pacific
San Jose, CA Company Said To Plan Alleged CIA Terror Flights
Robert Lyles

(CBS 5) SAN JOSE You've heard about Abu Ghraib prison, Guantanamo Bay, and a host of other places where torture is alleged to have happened. But you've probably never heard that a company in downtown San Jose is said to have helped the Central Intelligence Agency get prisoners to the alleged torture sites.

The 16th floor of a gleaming tower on West Santa Clara Street is home to the Jeppesen corporation's International Trip and Flight Planning office.

But Charlotte Casey of South Bay Mobilization says they should be called the travel agents of terror.

"I really felt ill, sick to my stomach, that this was happening in San Jose," Casey said.

Casey is responding to an investigation by The New Yorker magazine that said Jeppesen regularly arranges what they call "spook flights" for the CIA.

"Torture Air Ankle Cuffs"

Aboard Boeing 737 business jets were shackled and hooded passengers accused of terrorism, The New Yorker reported in its Oct. 30 issue. They were sometimes stripped nude and chained to the cabin floor, the magazine said.

Casey said the CIA calls it "extraordinary rendition."

"They are basically kidnapped and taken to a third company where they can be tortured," Casey said.

The Englewood, Colo.-based company has offices located around the world and is a business subsidiary of Boeing, according to the Jeppesen Web site.

Boeing allegedly provides the jets. Jeppesen reportedly provides the logistics, flight plans, and even clearances into places like Baghdad and Kabul where the passengers are turned over as prisoners.

"The investigative analysis has shown that there have been over 150 of these kinds of flights in the last few years," Casey said.

In fact, a former Jeppesen employee reportedly told The New Yorker the company's managing director, Bob Overby, admitted to the practice, saying, "We do all the extraordinary rendition flights -- you know, the torture flights. Let's face it, some of these flights end up that way."

In return, American flight crews get kickbacks, resort vacations off the coast of Spain, using tax dollars, The New Yorker uncovered.

"The fact that these horrors are being carried out in our name, with our tax dollars, is completely unacceptable," Casey said.

Jeppesen would not comment Thursday.

The CIA also declined to comment.

From: The New York Times

Issue of 2006-10-30
Posted 2006-10-23

On the official Web site of Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, there is a section devoted to a subsidiary called Jeppesen International Trip Planning, based in San Jose, California. The write-up mentions that the division "..offers everything needed for efficient, hassle-free, international flight operations,.. spanning the globe ..from Aachen to Zhengzhou..." The paragraph concludes, "..Jeppesen has done it all..."

Boeing does not mention, either on its Web site or in its annual report, that Jeppesen's clients include the C.I.A., and that among the international trips that the company plans for the agency are secret "extraordinary rendition" flights for terrorism suspects. Most of the planes used in rendition flights are owned and operated by tiny charter airlines that function as C.I.A. front companies, but it is not widely known that the agency has turned to a division of Boeing, the publicly traded blue-chip behemoth, to handle many of the logistical and navigational details for these trips, including flight plans, clearance to fly over other countries, hotel reservations, and ground-crew arrangements.

The Bush Administration has defended the clandestine rendition program, which began during the Clinton years, as an effective method of transporting terrorists to countries where they can be questioned or held. Human-rights activists and others have said the program's primary intent is to send suspects to detention centers where they can be interrogated harshly, and have criticized it as an illegal means of "outsourcing torture"

A former Jeppesen employee, who asked not to be identified, said recently that he had been startled to learn, during an internal corporate meeting, about the company's involvement with the rendition flights. At the meeting, he recalled, Bob Overby, the managing director of Jeppesen International Trip Planning, said, "We do all of the extraordinary rendition know, the torture flights. Let's face it, some of these flights end up that way." The former employee said that another executive told him, "We do the spook flights." He was told that two of the company's trip planners were specially designated to handle renditions. He was deeply troubled by the rendition program, he said, and eventually quit his job. He recalled Overby saying, "It certainly pays well. They....the C.I.A.....spare no expense. They have absolutely no worry about costs. What they have to get done, they get done."

Overby, who was travelling last week, did not return several phone calls. Mike Pound, the head of corporate communications for Jeppesen, said that he would have no comment, and he added, "Bob Overby will have no comment as well." Tim Neale, the director of media relations for Boeing's corporate office in Chicago, said, "The flight-planning services we provide our customers are confidential, and we do not comment publicly on any work done for any customer without their consent." The C.I.A. had no comment. (*Let me guess... They said, "We can neither confirm nor deny...".-L).

The British journalist Stephen Grey, in a new book, ..Ghost Plane,.. refers to documents obtained by Spanish law-enforcement officials, along with flight logs, which indicate that international flight planners provided essential logistical support for many of the C.I.A's renditions, including that Khaled el-Masri, a German car salesman who was apparently mistaken for an Al Qaeda suspect with a similar name, in January of 2004. (Although documents show that Jeppesen provided this support, Grey's book does not mention the company.) Masri, who is a Muslim, was arrested at the border while crossing from Serbia into Macedonia by bus. He has alleged in court papers that Macedonian authorities turned him over to a C.I.A. rendition team. Then, he said, masked figures stripped him naked, shackled him, and led him onto a Boeing 737 business jet. Flight plans prepared by Jeppesen show that from Skopje, Macedonia, the 737 flew to Baghdad, where it had military clearance to land, and then on to Kabul. On board, Masri has said, he was chained to the floor and injected with sedatives. After landing, he was put in the trunk of a car and driven to a building where he was placed in a dank cell. He spent the next four months there, under interrogation. Masri was released in May, 2004, on the orders of Condoleezza Rice, then the national-security adviser, after she learned that he had mistakenly been identified as a terrorism suspect.

Ben Wizner, an A.C.L.U. attorney who is representing Masri in his lawsuit against the former C.I.A. director George Tenet and private aviation companies, says that if Boeing can be proved to have played a role in Masri's rendition (See: "Kidnapping."-L.) the A.C.L.U. may amend the lawsuit to name the company as a defendant.

The American flight crew fared better than their passenger. Documents show that after the 737 delivered Masri to the Afghan prison it flew to the resort island of Majorca, where, for two nights, crew members stayed at a luxury hotel, at (U.S.) taxpayers' expense.

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