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Report finds Ireland facilitated illegal US rendition programme - EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY, IRISH TIMES, 060213.

Report finds Ireland facilitated illegal US rendition programme

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY

Ireland was one of 54 countries that helped facilitate the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation programme in the years after the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report.

The report by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a human rights advocacy group, said foreign governments aided the US counterterrorism offensive in various ways including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing and abusing individuals; assisting in the capture and transport of detainees; permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees.

Its Globalising Torture report identified 136 people who had been held or transferred illegally by the CIA, the largest list compiled to date.

It also provided new information about the CIA’s handling of both al-Qaeda suspects and innocent people caught up in its global counterterrorism network.

The report said Ireland permitted the use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations.

Its evidence against Ireland was based on a number of sources including three high-level reports from the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations, which expressed concern about the country’s “alleged co-operation” in the CIA rendition programme.

It also cited documents from a legal case brought by extraordinary rendition victims against Jeppesen Dataplan, a company that provided flight planning and logistical support services for CIA extraordinary rendition flights, and which indicated that Ireland allowed use of its airspace and Shannon airport for CIA rendition flights.

‘Moral cost’ 

Open Society Justice Initiative report confirm 'Ireland facilitated CIA renditions'

Eoin Burke Kennedy - The Irish Times

Ireland was one of 54 countries which helped facilitate the CIA's secret detention, rendition and interrogation programme in the years after the 9/11 attacks, according a new report.

The report by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a human rights advocacy group, said foreign governments aided the US’s counterterrorism offensive in various ways including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing, and abusing individuals; assisting in the capture and transport of detainees; permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees.

Its Globalising Torture report identified 136 people who had been held or transferred illegally by the CIA, the largest list compiled to date.

It also provided new information about the handling of both al-Qaeda suspects and innocent people caught up in the counterterrorism programme.

The report said Ireland permitted the use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations.

Its evidence against Ireland was based on a number of sources including three high-level reports from the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations which expressed concern about the country’s "alleged co-operation" in the CIA rendition program.

It also cited documents from a legal case brought by extraordinary rendition victims against Jeppesen Dataplan, a company that provided flight planning and logistical support services for CIA extraordinary rendition flights, and which indicated that Ireland allowed use of its airspace and use of Shannon airport for CIA rendition flights.

US court records from another case involving Richmor Aviation, a company that operated CIA extraordinary rendition flights, also show that at least 13 flights operated by Richmor involving US personnel landed in Ireland between 2002 and 2004.

Shannon Airport has landed in a moral quagmire - letter from AFRI in Examiner, 290113.

Shannon Airport has landed in a moral quagmire

Shannon to target US military traffic

Irish Examiner: Shannon to target Dublin-bound flyers for growth
By Pat Flynn . Thursday, January 24, 2013

Shannon Airport plans to target passengers travelling from the mid-west to Dublin for flights as part of its plan to increase
passengers numbers. The head of the Shannon Airport Authority also stated that the airport
wants to secure connectivity with a second European hub.

Lawyer and Clare native Rose Hynes, who was appointed by the Government as chair of the new authority last month, addressed the
Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on its future plans. While Ms Hynes confirmed none of the 230 staff at Shannon will lose
their jobs, there was a need for certain "efficiencies".

"The airport’s cost base is currently higher than its industry peers, partly because of its reduced traffic levels. Productivity
improvements and flexible work practices can help to reduce this disadvantage." ...

...She was also asked about Shannon’s "over-reliance" on US military traffic which has dropped significantly over the past year. "Military
traffic has been in the DNA of Shannon for many years.
"It’s something that’s important, it’s lucrative and we are certainly going to go after it as much as possible."

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Shannon targets Dublin traffic. Irish Independent. Thursday January 24 2013.

Shannon Vigil, Sunday 13th January, 2pm - 3pm

13/01/2013 - 14:00
15/01/2013 - 00:34

Reminder: Shannon Vigil, Sunday 13th January, 2pm - 3pmMeet at small roundabout before airport entrance

Peaceful demonstration in Shannon to protest against ongoing US military and suspected CIA use of the airport.

2013 has begun in much the same way as the last few years have - Guantanamo Bay detention centre is still open despite Obama's promise to close it; CIA paramilitaries roam the world with no regard for national or international laws; innocent people are dying unnecessarily in Afganistan, Pakistan and elsewhere around the world; and there is a serious risk of the US invading another Middle-Eastern country. The Irish government seems determined to be part of this global lawlessness by refusing to investigate or end the use of Shannon Airport by the US military and CIA so our demonstrations there must be continued. Join us if you can from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday.

For more information phone 087 8225087 or email shannonwatch@gmail.com.

Troop Flights Through Shannon Down in 2012 but on the Increase Again

Troop Flights Through Shannon Down in 2012 but on the Increase Again

Shannonwatch, 3 January 2013

The number of US troop carriers using Shannon Airport was down in 2012 compared to previous years. In 2011 there was an average of over 80 troop flights a month but in 2012 the numbers recorded by Shannonwatch ranged from a low of 13 in July to a high of 72 in April.

But while all the summer months saw relatively low numbers of troop carriers at Shannon, their frequency began to increase again towards the end of the year.

Even though the number of civilian aircraft carrying US troop was down, the number of US military aircraft landing at Shannon did not change in 2012. On average 24 of these used Shannon every month, including Hercules c-130's and mid-air refueling tankers.

The following graph shows the number of US military related flights recorded by Shannonwatch in 2012.

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