TV News LIES

Saturday, Aug 19th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Human Rights N.Y. billing dispute reveals details of secret CIA rendition flights

N.Y. billing dispute reveals details of secret CIA rendition flights

E-mail Print PDF

CIA rendition flightsOn Aug. 12, 2003, a Gulfstream IV aircraft carrying six passengers took off from Dulles International Airport and flew to Bangkok with fueling stops in Cold Bay, Alaska, and Osaka, Japan.

Before it returned four days later, the plane also touched down in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Ireland. As these unusual flights happened, U.S. officials took custody of an Indonesian terrorist, Riduan Isamuddin, who had been captured in Thailand and would spend the next three years being shuttled among secret prisons operated by the CIA.

The Gulfstream IV’s itinerary, as well as the $339,228.05 price tag for the journey, are among the details of shadowy CIA flights that have emerged in a small Upstate New York courthouse in a billing dispute between contractors. The court documents offer a rare glimpse of the costs and operations of the controversial rendition program.

For all the secrecy that once surrounded the CIA program, a significant part of its operation was entrusted to very small aviation companies whose previous experience involved flying sports teams across the country.

The August 2003 flights — and dozens of others to locations such as Bucharest, Romania; Baku, Azerbaijan; Cairo; Djibouti; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Tripoli, Libya — were organized by Sportsflight, a one-man aircraft brokerage business on Long Island. It secured a plane from Richmor Aviation, based near the Columbia County Airport in Hudson, N.Y. Richmor eventually sued Sportsflight for breach of contract. In the process, the costs and itineraries of numerous CIA flights became part of the court record.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Psychologists Behind CIA 'Enhanced Interrogation' Program Settle Detainees' Lawsuit

Psychologist behind 'advanced interrogation lawsuitsTwo psychologists who were paid more than $80 million by the CIA to develop "enhanced interrogation"...

First DREAMer deported under Trump files court documents disputing administration’s account

Deprted Dreamer sues USLawyers for the only known DREAMer deported by the Trump administration filed supporting statements in court...

Around the country, ICE is arresting immigrants when they show up to court

ICE deporting immigrants who go to courtThe courthouse is supposed to be a place where justice is not only meted out to...

Chinese dissident Xu Zhiyong released from jail after 4 years

Chinese dissident released after four yearsAbout two and a half weeks after China released dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!