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05 October 2007

Extraordinary Rendition - preview

John-Francis Phipps argues that we are slipping down the slope towards the normalisation of torture

The journalist and social commentator, Polly Toynbee, believes that political activism seems moribund these days, although she acknowledged that the Heathrow direct action showed some signs of life
  • Polly failed to mention the direct action undertaken for some time by the Trident Ploughshares group
  • It was most heartening to learn from Sarah Lasenby (24 August) that six of the accused at the Prestwick trial walked free

  • Sarah is right when she mentions how difficult it is to get direct evidence on 'Extraordinary Rendition' flights using UK facilities
  • This whole issue first came to light almost accidentally, when plane-spotters began logging the movement of planes with unusual markings that kept coming and going at airfields such as Prestwick, Brize Norton and Northolt
  • It transpired that these planes were being operated by the CIA, who also employed contractors such as Blackwater

  • John-Francis Phipps

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