CIA Charter Flights

Air America was the CIA front operation for civilian contracted flight support from 1946 to 1975 through both Indochina Wars.  They have mottos… regarding the 1946 to 1975 record of clandestine activity in Vietnam, Laos, burma, and Cambodia they said, "First In, Last Out."  Reminds me of Arthur Andersen for some reason.

Another Air America motto Air America — "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere — Professionally" will have to be updated soon.  Air America’s successor front company "Aero Contractors, Ltd." can effectively brag, Aero Contractors — "Anyone, Anything, Anytime, Anywhere — Professionally."  The New York Times reports,

When the Central Intelligence Agency wants to grab a suspected member
of Al Qaeda overseas and deliver him to interrogators in another
country, an Aero Contractors plane often does the job. If agency
experts need to fly overseas in a hurry after the capture of a prized
prisoner, a plane will depart Johnston County and stop at Dulles
Airport outside Washington to pick up the C.I.A. team on the way….

Some of the C.I.A. planes have been used for carrying out renditions,
the legal term for the agency’s practice of seizing terrorism suspects
in one foreign country and delivering them to be detained in another,
including countries that routinely engage in torture.

Well, they are after all professionals.

The Swedish people take issue with these extralegal activities and their government has vowed to maintain tighter control…

The authorities in Italy and Sweden have opened investigations into the
C.I.A.’s alleged role in the seizure of suspects in those countries who
were then flown to Egypt for interrogation. According to Dr. Georg
Nolte, a law professor at the University of Munich, under international
law, nations are obligated to investigate any substantiated human
rights violations committed on their territory or using their airspace.

…but everyone knows the Swedes are unhappy, generally suicidal and socialists to boot, while the Italians surrendered to the allies in World War II (and THAT the Bush clan finds hard to forgive).

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