January 21, 2006
The government had “found no evidence” of detainees being “rendered” through Britain since September 11, the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, told MPs yesterday in an effort to quell the storm over the US practice of secretly transporting suspects to places where they may be tortured.
Last I heard, Scotland was still part of Britain:
The SNP [Scottish National Party] has published a report on suspected US intelligence flights through Scottish airports.
… The report lists 10 firms which allegedly operate as CIA shell companies and details the plane types, registration numbers and dates which they landed at Prestwick, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. Among the planes was a Gulfstream jet (Registration number N379P/N8068V) nicknamed the “Guantanamo Bay Express” and was reportedly used to transport suspects to the US prison on Cuba. That plane is listed in the report as having landed five times at Glasgow and Prestwick airports between 2002 and the end of 2004.
The report also lists details about a DC 9 airliner (Registration number N822US) which has been the subject of diplomatic inquiries by the Norwegian government and debate in the Canadian Parliament. The plane is listed in the report as having landed at both Glasgow and Prestwick airports in 2002 and 2003.
You can read or download the full (PDF) report here.
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