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How US firms profited from torture flights

Author: Ian Cobain & Ben Quinn, Guardian [UK], Published on: 31 August 2011

The scale of the CIA's rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate…how the US contracted out the secret transportation of suspects to a network of private American companies…The…case concerns Sportsflight, an aircraft broker, and Richmor, an aircraft operator. Sportsflight entered into an arrangement to make a Gulfstream IV executive jet available…at 12 hours' notice…Richmor was providing the aircraft for DynCorp...which was acting on behalf of the CIA…The precise conditions in which suspects were transported on Richmor flights are not known. Richmor's president, Mahlon Richards, told the court that the aircraft carried "government personnel and their invitees"…They were being flown across the world because the US government believed them to be "bad guys", he said. Richmor performed well, Richards added. [also refers to Capital Aviation, Fenway Sports Group]

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Related companies: DynCorp