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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.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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