In a "Bold" Move, the ACLU Announces it Will Sue CIA
Talk about a leak that has hurt our national security! This ACLU law suit is the result of the leaked information printed in the New York Times in May and rehashed in many other news sites as far away as Borneo since then!
Maybe this would not be such a big deal except for the fact that now that Europe is in an uproar, it will clearly be more difficult for the CIA and our government to transport prisoners. This will put a huge burden on our country in fighting the War on Terror.
Here is what the New York Times wrote on May 31, 2005 in an article titled:
“C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights”
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. If agency experts need to fly overseas in a hurry after the capture of a prized prisoner, a plane will depart Johnston County and stop at Dulles Airport outside Washington to pick up the C.I.A. team on the way.
Aero Contractors’ planes dropped C.I.A. paramilitary officers into Afghanistan in 2001; carried an American team to Karachi, Pakistan, right after the United States Consulate there was bombed in 2002; and flew from Libya to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the day before an American-held prisoner said he was questioned by Libyan intelligence agents last year, according to flight data and other records.
While posing as a private charter outfit – “aircraft rental with pilot” is the listing in Dun and Bradstreet – Aero Contractors is in fact a major domestic hub of the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret air service. The company was founded in 1979 by a legendary C.I.A. officer and chief pilot for Air America, the agency’s Vietnam-era air company, and it appears to be controlled by the agency, according to former employees.
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.
Now the American Civil Liberties Union is doing what it does best and is planning an attack on the country by suing the CIA:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the intelligence agency has broken both US and international law.
It is acting for a man allegedly flown to a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she’ll comment on recent reports of alleged CIA prisons abroad before starting a visit to Europe on Monday.
“The lawsuit will charge that CIA officials at the highest level violated US and universal human rights laws when they authorised agents to abduct an innocent man, detain him in incommunicado, beat him, drug and transport him to a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan,” the ACLU said in a news release.
The release identified the jail as the “Salt Pit”.
The group did not provide the name or nationality of the plaintiff, saying only that he would appear at a news conference next week to reveal details of the lawsuit.
The ACLU also wants to name corporations which it accuses of owning and operating the aircraft used to transport detainees secretly from country to country.
Of course they do!
Correct me if I am wrong but doesn’t the ACLU get some funding from US taxpayers?
Jackie Mason had a few things to say about the ACLU this week.