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Anti-torture activists will meet at the new Johnston County Airport Terminal to continue calls for torture accountability.

The Johnston County Airport is located at 3149 Swift Creek Road Smithfield, NC and is home to Aero Contractors, Ltd.

Aero Contractors is a nominally private air charter that acted as a torture taxi service, providing the CIA with aircraft and flight crew responsible for flying more than 130 men to secret detetnion and torture chambers in nations such as Morroco, Egypt and Syria, or at "black sites" operated by the CIA in facilities located in former Soviet-bloc nations, such as Poland.

Reliable sources say that Aero Contractors is specifically named in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the interrogation, transfer and torture of CIA detainees during the post-9/11 era. It is yet unclear whether the report will be released before Congress recesses until the mid-term eletions. If it has not been released we will continue to pressure the Senate and administration to make the findings public.

Immediately following the demonstration for torture accountability, activists will work to clean-up Swift Creek Road as part of our group's regular participation in the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Taking Responsibility for Extraordinary Rendition and Torture: The Case Of Abou ElKassim Britel

Portrait of Abou Elkassim Britel in 1997Since September 11, 2001, over 135 people have been seized, abducted and tortured as part of the U.S. extraordinary rendition program. Abou ElKassim Britel is one of them.

"The wrong has been done, sadly. What I can ask now is some form of reparation, so that I can have a fresh start and try to forget, even if it won’t be easy ... I want an apology; it is only fair to say that someone who has done something wrong must apologize." – Abou ElKassim Britel

Mr. Britel Portrait taken 2011

In brief, Mr. Britel has explicitly asked for an apology from the U.S. government. North Carolina Stop Torture Now and a team of law students led by Professor Deborah Weissman in the Human Rights Policy Seminar at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill seek official acknowledgement, apologies, and restitution for Mr. Britel for three reasons: (1) Simple humanity requires it; (2) Americans do not condone the terrible human rights abuses perpetrated in our names; and (3) these actions are essential to ensure that such wrongs never happen again.

A summary of his and his family's ordeal is available here and an electronic/online petition is available here.

Or, you can print this version and circulate it among your friends, faith or activist community and return it to:

Britel Apology ♦ NC Stop Torture Now ♦ P.O. Box 12707 ♦ Raleigh, NC 27605
Or, scan and e-mail to:

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2-4 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
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What will these funds help us do?

• We are part of a national campaign to gain public release of a still-secret – and by all accounts &ndaash; devastating report on the CIA torture program by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Our own U.S. Senator Richard Burr sits on this committee.

• We’re also supporting an historic first: a non-governmental North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture. An independent team is laying the groundwork for this non-partisan, blue-ribbon panel to subject our state to sober, public scrutiny for its role in torture. NC Stop Torture Now helps by collecting endorsements from hundreds of North Carolinians.

• Our "Cleaning Up Johnston County" campaign inspires human rights activists far and wide! The NC Department of Transportation approved us to adopt the highway in front of the Johnston County Airport, home of the torture flights. Our quarterly litter clean-ups educate the public and beautify the environment.

In addition, we are in regular contact with survivors who were secretly rendered to torture in NC-based aircraft and have never received a word of acknowledgement, apology, or restitution from the U.S. government. Their lives were shattered. This national shame cannot be swept under the rug.


Coordinator Christina Cowger asked to meet with Aero employees


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