In December 2005, Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, assured the world that the flights of CIA private jets that have criss-crossed Europe since 9/11 had no role in the sending of prisoners to be tortured. ‘The United States has not transported anyone, and will not transport anyone, to a country when we believe he will be tortured,’ she said. Tony Blair assured Parliament: ‘I have absolutely no evidence to suggest that anything illegal has been happening here at all.’ But as Stephen Grey reveals in “Ghost Plane”, Rice’s claims were a falsehood – and Britain’s government has also turned a blind eye to a CIA operation that systematically out-sourced the harsh interrogation of its captives.

from the publishers summary, on GhostPlane.Net, the website launched in conjunction with Ghost Plane.

This is one of those issues that the wacky-right likes to think is simply the paranoid dream of the wackier-left. In fact, the issues of illegality that surround Bush and company’s so-called extraordinary rendition program continue to attract the attention of governments and law enforcement officials all around the world.

Ghostplane.Net keeps track of an ever growing list of trials and warrants and official apologies related to no-longer secret program. The website also has published the flight logs of planes suspected to be used in the programs as well as a useful timeline of the war on terror as reflected in the logs (from October 23, 2001, to November 4, 2004).

Recent news posted on the site includes the German warrants for “13 alleged CIA agents.” In a related story, Canada has recently officially apologized for its role in the rendition of Maher Arar to Syria, where, according to yesterday, “he was tortured and imprisoned for nearly a year” (

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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