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Boeing did this

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Khaled al-Masri, a German car salesman whose name resembles that of an Al Qaeda suspect, "has alleged in court papers that Macedonian authorities turned him over to a CIA rendition team [in January 2004]. Then, he said, masked figures stripped him naked, shackled him, and led him onto a Boeing 737 business jet. Flight plans prepared by [Boeing subsidiary] Jeppesen show that from Skopje, Macedonia, the 737 flew to Baghdad, where it had military clearance to land, and then on to Kabul. On board, Masri has said, he was chained to the floor and injected with sedatives. After landing, he was put in the trunk of a car and driven to a building where he was placed in a dank cell. He spent the next four months there, under interrogation."

Not just Boeing's plane. Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen International Trip Planning is involved in CIA "rendition flights" sending suspects to places where torture is even more legal than it is here, reports Jane Mayer in the New Yorker, drawing on Stephen Grey's new book, Ghost Plane. Read the whole thing.

(Hat tip to 3 Quarks Daily.) 

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