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The American Civil Liberties Union has announced that it is commencing a suit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, on the grounds that it provided “substantial support” to the Central Intelligence Agency’s illegal torture-by-proxy scheme. The ACLU suit links the company to three separate episodes in which individuals were “disappeared,” tortured and mistreated. The lawsuit is reported in today’s Los Angeles Times. Jeppesen Dataplan had previously been described by The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer as the “CIA’s travel agent.” In her report, Mayer said that the company managed logistical arrangements associated with the CIA’s extraordinary renditions program. More than two dozen CIA agents and contractors now stand under criminal indictment in connection with implementation of the program, and criminal authorities in Germany, Italy, and Spain are now studying the operations of Jeppesen Dataplan as they relate to the overall criminal enterprise.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Number of people who attended the World Grits Festival, held in St. George, South Carolina, last spring:
The brown bears of Greece continued chewing through telephone poles.
In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.”
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”