Private Jet Takes Men for 'Torture'



LONDON: An executive jet is being used by US intelligence agencies to fly
terrorist suspects to countries that use torture in their prisons.

The movements of the Gulfstream 5, leased by agents from the US Defence
Department and the CIA, are detailed in confidential logs obtained by The
Sunday Times which cover more than 300 flights.

Countries with poor human rights records to which the Americans have
delivered prisoners include Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan, according to the
files. The logs have prompted allegations from critics that the agency is
using such regimes to carry out "torture by proxy" - a charge denied by the
US Government.

The Gulfstream and a similarly anonymous-looking Boeing 737 are hired by US
agents from Premier Executive Transport Services, a private company in
Massachusetts.

The white 737 is a frequent visitor to US military bases, although its
exact role has not been revealed

 


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