Jet Is an Open Secret In Terror War. The story has been running internationally for a long time, but now Americans can proudly read about how their tax dollars are being used to finance the operation of a private Gulfstream V to illegally transport people not charged with a crime in any court to countries where the US can torture them by proxy, unseen and unheard.
I put up a diary on torture flights six weeks ago, Bushco's Torture Flights - Proof!, using a story from The Sunday Times in London which had obtained copies of the confidential flight logs for the Gulfstream V. I said then in a comment:
Maybe the United States is the new Argentina: nice beaches, good skiing, delicious steaks, friendly people and a hideous, torturing, corrupt ruling elite.
Among the countries where prisoners have been sent by America is Uzbekistan, a close ally and a dictatorship whose secret police are notorious for their interrogation methods, including the alleged boiling of prisoners. The Gulfstream made at least seven trips to the Uzbek capital.
The WaPo overlooks the Boeing 737 used for the same purpose and also owned by Premier Executive Transport, but the journalists have done a good job of backchecking the corporate registration details and establishing that all of the directors of Premier are false identities with recently issued Social Security numbers.
Since the story broke in the Times, the registration of the planes has been changed yet again to disguise them on their rounds. Culver provided the following:
According to the WaPo, ownership of the recently reregistered plane has now changed from Premier Executive Transport to Bayard Foreign Marketing of Portland, Oregon.
Planespotters worldwide will be keeping their eyes peeled for these planes. I've always thought of planespotting as an odd hobby (although very popular among the British), but now I am glad that such hobbyists are out there looking for the unusual in the skies.