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May 31, 2005

C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights - New York Times

This is the first in-depth article I've seen on this practice... and, by in depth, I mean calling out the firm, and pointing out the possible international law violations.

Link: C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights - New York Times.

Some of the C.I.A. planes have been used for carrying out renditions, the legal term for the agency's practice of seizing terrorism suspects in one foreign country and delivering them to be detained in another, including countries that routinely engage in torture. The resulting controversy has breached the secrecy of the agency's flights in the last two years, as plane-spotting hobbyists, activists and journalists in a dozen countries have tracked the mysterious planes' movements. Inquiries From AbroadThe authorities in Italy and Sweden have opened investigations into the C.I.A.'s alleged role in the seizure of suspects in those countries who were then flown to Egypt for interrogation. According to Dr. Georg Nolte, a law professor at the University of Munich, under international law, nations are obligated to investigate any substantiated human rights violations committed on their territory or using their airspace.

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