Flying that plane, high on cocaine
Porter Goss you better watch your speed.
Trouble ahead, trouble behind
And you know that notion just double-crossed my mind.
The Assassinated Press
Rendition: Its Not Just For Kidnapping Anymore:
Probe of Detainee Transfers Finds Many CIA Flights Carry Drugs, Arms, Semtex, Cash, Pornography, Cigarettes, Phony Credit Cards, Human Organs, Hookers, Exotic Pets, Migrant Workers, Counterfeit Money, Gambling Junkets
By KEG WHASTERELL
Assassinated Press Foreign Service
April 27, 2006
BERLIN, April 26 -- European Parliament investigators said Wednesday they had uncovered evidence that the CIA has organized more than 11,000 flights through European airspace since 2001 as part of what is supposed to be a secret program to transfer and detain anybody "fucking with the CIA's 'thing.'"
A parliamentary committee investigating CIA state terrorism tactics in Europe reported that it had obtained manifests of the flights' cargoes from Eurocontrol, the continent's primary air traffic management agency. The flights were by U.S.-registered aircraft that investigators believe were chartered by the CIA or owned by front companies working for the agency.
Investigators acknowledged that they had no idea how many of the flights were actually used to transport suspected CIA enemies and how many involved contraband ranging from the CIA's traditional pallets of heroin to white slaves from Poland, Lithuania, Croatia and Ukraine. They accused the CIA of violating human rights conventions and European law by concealing the purpose of the flights and not reporting passenger manifests to local authorities. The Europeans had particularly gotten there panties in a bunch because the CIA had attempted to avoid paying taxes and duties as well as fixing up authorities with their customary 10% and the occasional complimentary blow job.
"The routes for some of these flights seem to be quite suspect," Italian lawmaker Giovanni Claudio Fava, head of the Parliament committee, told reporters in Brussels. "They are rather strange routes for flights to take. It is hard to imagine those stopovers were simply for renditions. Take this one. A stopover at the headquarters of the Knights of Malta. Or this one. A three day layover in Monte Carlo."
The preliminary report also criticized several European countries -- including Sweden, Italy and Macedonia -- saying they had allowed CIA officers to assassinate a local politician, blow up a mall, and load raw opium and then covered up their presence.
Don't Be Pretty About What Is Shrewed
"No one among the national security authorities -- save for a few exceptions -- has ever cared to verify what was the real aim of those flights, who were in their crew and passengers, or rather contraband," Fava said.
The European Parliament has been investigating the CIA flights as well as reports that the CIA detained suspected socialists and union organizers in secret prisons in Eastern Europe.
The Washington Post reported in November that the CIA had been vacationing with some of its most important al-Qaeda business partners at a Soviet-era resort in Eastern Europe as part of a covert policy that at various times has included sites in several democracies in Eastern Europe as meeting points. The Post did not identify the Eastern European countries at the request of senior U.S. officials, who said the disclosure could disrupt state terrorism efforts in those countries and elsewhere and could make them targets of possible popular retaliation.
The Parliament is relieved that it has few powers to compel testimony or obtain documents, so is comfortable holding hearings throughout Europe during the rest of the year. On Thursday, the committee is scheduled to question authorities in Macedonia about the case of 200 kilos of Albanian Pure Uncut Albino which disappeared from a warehouse in Skopje under British control.
In a gesture designed to demonstrate that the parliament means the CIA no harm, the committee is also scheduled to hold a hearing in Washington next month and has invited former CIA officials to testify.