The indefatigable civil rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith is suing the company which provided the logistics for the CIA’s ‘rendition’ flights. At the same time, there’s a judicial challenge in Europe from the Council of Europe, which has produced a second report substantiating complicity by European governments in the rendition programme.
Clive Stafford-Smith’s organisation Reprieve is suing aviation transport company Jeppeson Dataplan on behalf of one current Guatanamo, and two former, prisoners who were moved to other jurisdictions on the company’s flights, where, it alleges, they were tortured.
The firm’s response (this is a quote from a Guardian story) seems to be not a million miles away from the sort of things that the Reichsbahn later said about the camp transports:
“Jeppesen’s customers have the reasonable expectation that the services they receive from Jeppesen remain confidential. Therefore, we do not identify customers or talk about Jeppesen’s customers in any way without their prior consent.
“To provide planning services, Jeppesen employees need to know where customers are beginning and ending their trips, the type of aircraft they are using, the number of people who will be flying, and when the trip will occur. The purpose of a trip is not required information for a flight plan.”
Meanwhile, of course, the Council of Europe’ Legal Affairs Committee has produced a report making specific allegations that European governments had detailed knowledge that “high value detainees” held by the CIA were flown to CIA run prisons in Poland and Romania and interrogated and tortured there. The Council is Europe’s leading human rights watchdog.
There’s quite a lot of detail downloadable from the site, including maps , background information, and the report from the Committee’s rapporteur, the Swiss Senator Dick Marty, which can also be downloaded below in PDF (796KB).