Two items in The Guardian discuss the revalations that Corporate America was chartering its aircraft to the US Government to carry out rendition flights. The second link to the full article explains that we’re only now getting this information because two of the companies involved are suing each other over fees for the renditions.
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the mass of invoices, receipts, contracts and email correspondence – submitted as evidence to a court in upstate New York – provides a unique glimpse into a world in which the “war on terror” became just another charter opportunity for American businesses.
The work retrieving the documents was carried out by the charity Reprieve. The documents they say:
…reveal what a farce it was that the CIA managed to get the prisoners’ torture claims kicked out as secret, while all of the details of its sinister business were hiding in plain sight.
And just to add some sporting flavour to the whole macabre deal, one of those aircraft would ferry the Boston Red Sox between rendition flights. In a further demonstration of just how disconnected the perpetrators were from what they were doing:
Richmor’s president, Mahlon Richards, told the court that the aircraft carried “government personnel and their invitees” (pdf). “Invitees?” queried the judge, Paul Czajka. “Invitees,” confirmed Richards. They were being flown across the world because the US government believed them to be “bad guys”, he said. Richmor performed well, Richards added. “We were complimented all the time.” “By the invitees?” asked the judge. “Not the invitees, the government.”
The level of cognitive distortion needed to say this and not believe that you too are not in some way a “bad guy” is truly breath-taking.