The saga of extraordinary rendition continues.
When the Central Intelligence Agency wants to grab a suspected member of Al Qaeda overseas and deliver him to interrogators in another country, an Aero Contractors plane often does the job.
That's suspected member for those of you playing along at home, and it is part and parcel of George W. Bush's "war on other peoples' terror."
Behind a surprisingly thin cover of rural hideaways, front companies and shell corporations that share officers who appear to exist only on paper, the C.I.A. has rapidly expanded its air operations since 2001 as it has pursued and questioned terrorism suspects around the world.
That really ought to read pursued, arrested on suspicion, imprisoned without due process, and delivered to countries that will torture you to get information. And please let's not forget that word suspects. These "detainees" (George Orwell is spinning in his grave) are not tried and convicted of anything. Most have not been charged. There is no due process of law, because there is no law. This is the hallmark of George W. Bush's "war on other peopls's terror." It is absolutely lawless.
The 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.
Dr. Nolte examined the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who American officials have confirmed was pulled from a bus on the Serbia-Macedonia border on Dec. 31, 2003, and held for three weeks. Then he was drugged and beaten, by his account, before being flown to Afghanistan.
He was later released. It was all a big mistake. So sorry.
Howie has no problem with secret wars, and people disappearing, and denial of due process for "those people." "Those people" are somehow naturally inferior to us, or if it isn't a matter of genetics, then it is their "primitive" and "barbaric" religion. Either way, we're better. We know justice. We know freedom. We know democracy. We would never deny someone basic human rights without a really good reason.