May 31 2007

ACLU Files Suit Against Boeing Subsidiary for Torture Flights

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Extraordinary renditionGUEST: Steven Watt, Staff Attorney for the ACLU’s Human Rights Program

Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against a subsidiary of Boeing Corporation for its participation in the U.S. government’s “extraordinary rendition” program. Jeppesen Dataplan Incorporated is being sued on behalf of three men who the ACLU said were abducted by the CIA and flown to foreign prisons where they were tortured. The complaint, filed in California, accuses Jeppesen of playing a crucial role in the U.S. government’s unlawful “extraordinary rendition,” program. Jeppesen is said to have provided flight and logistical support to a total of seventy such rendition flights since late 2001. Since the filing of the lawsuit, Jeppesen has refused to confirm or deny that it has done business with the CIA. The ACLU contends, however, that the company not only provided its services to the CIA, but was aware that such participation ultimately lead to the torture of those persons abducted.

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