The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday charged that a company with offices in downtown San Jose helped the CIA transport three men who were blindfolded, housed in small quarters, beaten until their bones broke and left with mutilated genitals during brutal interrogations.

Using flight documents obtained in Europe, the ACLU filed suit against the company, Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., in the U.S. District Court for Northern California for its part in the alleged kidnapping, torture and inhumane treatment of the three.

From an office on Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose, Jeppesen employees take calls from customers planning international flights or looking for weather reports.

According to the complaint, Jeppesen helped the CIA get fly-over and landing permits in other countries and provided itineraries and lodging for the flight crews.

The flights took people the CIA wanted to interrogate to prisons in countries – Morocco and Egypt – that allow torture or to then-secret CIA-run detention facilities where the U.S. government argues that its own laws do not apply, according to the lawsuit.

“These are places the whole world, including our own State Department, know use torture as an interrogation procedure,” ACLU attorney Ann Brick said.

According to the lawsuit, the company worked with at least 15 of the CIA planes for a total of 70 flights.


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