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The C.I.A.'s Travel Agent

Author: Jane Mayer, New Yorker, Published on: 30 October 2006

Boeing does not mention...that [its subsidiary] Jeppesen’s clients include the C.I.A., and that among the international trips that the company plans for the agency are secret “extraordinary rendition” flights for terrorism suspects...[The] agency has turned to [Jeppesen]...to handle many of the logistical and navigational details for these trips, including flight plans, clearance to fly over other countries, hotel reservations, and ground-crew arrangements... Human-rights activists and others have said the [rendition] program’s primary intent is to send suspects to detention centers where they can be interrogated harshly, and have criticized it as an illegal means of “outsourcing torture.” ... A former Jeppesen employee...recalled [that] Bob Overby, the managing director of Jeppesen International Trip Planning, said [at an internal meeting], "We do all of the extraordinary rendition flights—you know, the torture flights..." ...Mike Pound, the head of corporate communications for Jeppesen, said that he would have no comment, and he added, “Bob Overby will have no comment as well.”

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Related companies: Boeing Jeppesen (part of Boeing)