CIA jets suspected of flying terrorist suspects to secret prisons for torture have landed at commercial British airports and received help from UK air traffic control, the authorities have admitted for the first time.
Tony Blair has claimed that he has no knowledge of so-called torture flights coming in and out of the country, and has refused to hold an independent public inquiry.
The flights have been associated with the practice of extraordinary rendition. which involves taking terrorist suspects to foreign prisons and secret jails in Europe. Seventy-six planes used by the CIA are believed to have made stops in Britain since 11 September 2001, at Prestwick, RAF Northolt, Luton and Glasgow.
(Source: The Independent)
Yet more pure evil from the US government: kidnapping civilians and then flying them in secret to non-US locations where they can be tortured by the CIA. No evidence, no charges, no trials.
The USA is now probably the most dangerous rogue nation on earth. It’s the top of the pile simply because it’s the most powerful and its current administration seeks to wage a never-ending war on anyone it doesn’t like.
If you think I’m exaggerating, answer this: which other nation has kidnapped and tortured 500+ international civilians, illegally imprisoning them for four years?
What makes the situation even more appalling is that the UK is so under US thrall that our yellow government won’t even demand the release of the UK citizens who’ve been kidnapped to Guantanamo.
If the sheer horror of what’s happening to these people leaves you cold, let me make an appeal based on pure seflishness:
This could happen to any one of us. It could easily happen to you if you end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or perhaps say the wrong thing to the wrong person.
If we don’t campaign againt these injustices, we will ultimately become victim to them. All it takes is one change, once re-definition of the word “terrorist” and you could find yourself disappeared to a CIA torture cell.
Of course, Pastor Niemoeller said it all much more concisely:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.