The CIA's No-Questions-Asked Travel Agent

A private corporation joins Bush administration's conspiracy to obstruct justice

The ACLU distills the significance of this lawsuit in a key passage: "Jeppesen's role as coordinator with virtually all public and private third parties [in these international kidnappings] permitted the CIA to conduct its illegal activities below the radar of public scrutiny—and beyond the reach of the rule of law.

"In short, without the assistance of Jeppesen and other corporations, the US . . . rendition program could not have gotten off the ground."

With the Fourth of July coming up, I'd like to remind Michael Hayden why we had a revolution: to be free of arbitrary rulers and their secret prisons. But now, just in time for Independence Day, Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Washington Square legal services have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New York against the CIA and the Justice, Defense, and State departments to get all the secrets of these CIA "renditions." I'll keep you posted.

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