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NC Stop Torture Now's work against local connections to and support of the extraordinary rendition program is not an abstract exercise.


Men with names, faces and stories
that you can see and read about here.

Source:  ‘Ghost Plane,’ Stephen Grey,

N379P (renumbered to N8068V in 2004) was a Gulfstream based at Smithfield, NC.  N313P (renumbered to N4476S in 2004 or 2005) was a Boeing business jet based at Kinston, NC.  Both aircraft were operated by Aero Contractors Ltd., as documented in ‘Ghost Plane’ and by the New York Times and other media.  This is by no means a complete list of the detainees secretly transported by Aero Contractors.

10/23/2001 . . . Jamil Qasim Saeed Mohammed, Pakistan-Jordan, N379P

12/12/2001 . . . Ahmed Agiza and Mohammed el-Zary, Stockholm-Cairo, N379P

01/11/2002 . . . Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, Indonesia-Egypt, N379P

04/18/2002 . . . Martin Mubanga, Zambia-Guantánamo, N379P

06/05/2002 . . . Omar al-Faruq, West Java-Kabul, probably N379P

05/14/2002 . . . Abu Abdul Halim Dalak, Omar Ghramesh, and an unnamed teenager, Pakistan-Syria, N379P

05/24/2002 . . . Abou ElKassim Britel, Pakistan-Morocco, N379P

07/19/2002 . . . Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Jordan-Afghanistan, N379P

07/21/2002 . . . Binyam Mohamed, Pakistan-Morocco, N379P

09/28/2002 . . . Abdulsalam al-Hela, Egypt-Kabul, N379P

12/08/2002 . . . Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil al Banna, Gambia-Afghanistan, N379P

07/22/2003 . . . Saifullah Paracha, Thailand-Bagram, N379P

10/26/2003 . . . Salah Nasser Salim Ali and Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah, Jordan-Afghanistan, N379P
01/07/2004 . . . Abduh Ali Shaqawi and Hassan bin Attash, Jordan-Afghanistan, N313P

01/22/2004 . . . Khaled al-Maqtari, Baghdad-Kabul, N8068V
(see Amnesty International's report regarding al-Maqtari’s case. Reports vary on the aircraft used to disappear al-Maqtari, see also Reprieve reports indicating al-Maqtari was rendered to Afghanistan simultaneously with Binyam Mohamed and Khaled el-Masri, below.)

01/22/2004 . . . Binyam Mohamed, Morocco-Afghanistan via Macedonia, N313P

01/23/2004 . . . Khaled el-Masri, Macedonia-Afghanistan, N313P

03/03/2004 . . . Mohamed al-Assad, Djibouti-Afghanistan, N379P

09/08 -09/09/2004 . . . Omar Deghayes, Libya-Guantanamo, N8068V (N379P re-registered as N8068V)

4/30/2005 . . . Abu Faraj al Libbi, Pakistan-Afghanistan, N4476S (N313P renumbered to N4476S in 2004 or 2005)

Portrait of Mr. Britel taken in 2011Abou ElKassim Britel is an Italian citizen taken illegally by United States officials and flown from Lahore, Pakistan to Rabat, Morocco. Kassim is a devout Muslim who sought to share his faith by translating religious texts into Italian.

For eight months, Britel was detained by Moroccan intelligence services. During this time, he was held incommunicado and interrogated under torture that included severe beatings, isolation, sleep deprivation, and death threats against him and his family, before being released without charge.

On his way back home to Italy Britel was re-arrested by Moroccan authorities.

In September 2006, an Italian examining judge found a complete lack of any evidence linking Britel with any criminal, let alone terrorist-related, activity. Subsequently, eighty-seven members of the Italian Parliament petitioned the King of Morocco to have Mr. Britel pardoned, released from prison and immediately returned to Italy.

He was finally freed from a Moroccan prison after 8½ years of torture on April 14, 2011.

During his captivity, his wife, Khadija Anna Brittel, courageously carried letters of apology from North Carolinians and reported back that he was encouraged to know that he was not forgotten, and she subsequently wrote a personal appeal to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners asking for an investigation into the Johntson County community's role in Mr. Britel's disappearance, detention and torture.

Mr. Britel was one of four plaintiffs, including Binyam Mohamed (below), Ahmed Agizza (above) and Mohamed Bashmilah, (below) who joined in a claim against Jeppesen Data Plan, which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear thanks to the Obama administration's insistence on shielding top officials in his predescessor's administration from facing consequences for the cruelty they inflicted.

Binyam Mohammed, released without charge February 22, 2009 from Guantánamo Bay, is a British resident arrested in Pakistan and handed over to the CIA.

In Morocco, during CIA-directed stages of his nearly seven-year captivity, Mr. Mohamed endured 18 months of torture, including regular sessions of genital mutilation. Investigators with Reprieve, a victims' and survivors' advocacy organization report that an Aero Contractors employee photographed physical evidence of Mr. Mohamed's abuse -- wounds and scars.

Here is an overview and a more lengthy list of other victims and survivors linked to Aero Contractors' operations in support of extraordinary rendition.


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Updated 14 June 2014, JMcI