by liberal japonicus
The Guardian has a piece today about revelations about CIA extraordinary rendition network as revealed by recent court filings in upstate New York. This article (which confusingly has the same picture at the top and so could be confused with the previous one) gives more details while this companion opinion notes how the information was essentially hidden in plain sight.
This AP piece gives a bit more detail about what was revealed and how it was revealed.
I'm not sure how the case came about, but hope some of the lawyers in the commentariat might be able to point to it. I did find this European Parliament Working Paper (pdf) from 2006 on rendition flights, but it seems that the lawsuit was completely orthogonal to any questions of renditions.
This topic is what I have always thought of as the meat and potatoes of this blog, but I'm certainly not the person to do this justice, so, absent the return of some of the folks on the left sidebar, if someone would like to do a guest post on this, please let me know at libjpn at gmail.
Barring that, I'd note a few points of intersection with recent discussions. First of all, I'd like to note my prescience in praising the Guardian earlier, which makes the score 1 correct to umpteen million wrong.
More interestingly, we've had a bit of a food fight about taxation and I wonder what the regulars would say about government "taking their stuff" to pay
$301,113 relating to a series of flights over eight days that took the Gulfstream jet on an odyssey through Alaska, Japan, Thailand, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, tallies with the rendition of Encep Nuraman, the leader of the Indonesian terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiyah, better known as Hambali.
The Gulfstream IV executive jet was made available at a cut-rate $4,900 (about £3,000) an hour. Crew members were paid $800 a day, according to invoices submitted to the hearing. They would submit expenses claims for meals (pdf) – deli sandwiches at $19.95 a time, bottles of wine at $39.95 each – and stay in expensive hotels: $391 a head for one night's stay in Barcelona in January 2004, for example; $277 each for accommodation at Shannon on the west coast of Ireland the following August.
So, at the risk of putting the fox in the henhouse, have at it.