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category international | crime and justice | news report author Saturday April 29, 2006 00:19author by Edward Horgan - PANA Report this post to the editors

Cold Facts, the truth begins to leak out at Shannon

In spite of efforts by Euro MEP Sean O'Neachtain and others to discredit the facts that the CIA has been using Shannon airport for its torture rendition programme, the truth is gradually leaking out. It may take several years for so-called "concrete evidence" such as lists of tortured prisoners who were "rendered" through Shannon, and details of Irish government ministers knowledge and approval of these crimes, to become public, but this will come too.
Irish army guarding CIA at Shannon 21 April 2006
Irish army guarding CIA at Shannon 21 April 2006


The TDIP EU Parliament enquiry into rendition for torture has got access to Eurocontrol air traffic control records as part of its investigation.
I have received some extracts from this information and I include these below with extracts from some of the flight logs presented by Edward Horgan to the TDIP committee on 20 April 2006.

Extract from Eurocontrol report to EU Parliament (note that the Eurocontrol report to the EU Parl was in English, but was then translated into French and the interim report was also published in French on Thursday and will not be available in English for a further week. This is EU logic?)

· Khaled El-Masri

D'après les informations que la commission temporaire a reçues de la propre victime et d'autres sources, le citoyen allemand Khaled El-Masri aurait été transporté de Skopje à Bagdad les premières heures du 24 janvier 2004.

Les documents d'Eurocontrol prouvent que le Boeing 737 avec le numéro d'enregistrement (Registration Identifier) N313P:
o a volé d'Alger à Palma de Mallorca le 22 janvier 2004 (départ: 21h36, arrivée: 22h08);
o a volé de Palma de Mallorca à Skopje le 23 janvier 2004 (départ: 17h40, arrivée: 19h56);
o a volé de Skopje à Bagdad le 24 janvier 2004 (départ: 01h30, arrivée: 5h53);
o a volé de Bagdad à Kabul le 24 janvier 2004 (départ: 7h15, arrivée: 11h14).

Le "User's Name in CE" est: STEVENS EXPRESS

Extract from Edward Horgan’s report to EU Parliament
Part of Flightlog on N313P

16.01.2004 From: Dulles, Washington DC, USA to: Shannon, Ireland
17.01.2004 From: Shannon, Ireland to: Larnaca, Cyprus
21.01.2004 From: Larnaca, Cyprus to: Rabat, Morocco
22.01.2004 From: Rabat, Morocco to: Kabul, Afghanistan
22.01.2004 From: Kabul,Afghanistan to: Algiers, Algeria
22.01.2004 From: Algiers, Algeria to: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
23.01.2004 From: Palma, Spain to: Skopje, Macedonia
24.01.2004 From: Skopje, Macedonia to: Baghdad, Iraq
24.01.2004 From: Baghdad, Iraq to: Kabul,Afghanistan
25.01.2004 From: Kabul, Afghanistan to: Timisoara, Romania
25.01.2004 From: Timisoara, Romania to: Bucharest, Romania
26.01.2004 From: Bucharest, Romania to: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
28.01.2004 From: Palma, Spain to: Dulles, Washington DC, USA
28.01.2004 From: Dulles, Washington DC, USA to: Kinston, North Carolina, USA

Further Extract from Eurocontrol report to EU Parliament

· Agiza et El-Zari

Selon le témoignage de l'avocat et le rapport de l'Ombudsman suédois, Agiza et El-Zari ont été transportés de Stockholm à Cairo le 18 décembre, après être délivrés à des agents de la CIA.

Les documents d'Eurocontrol prouvent que Gulfstream V avec numéro d'enregistrement (Registration Identifier) N379P:
o a volé de Washington à Cairo le 18 décembre 2001 (départ: 02h19, arrivée: 13h19);
o a volé de Cairo à Stockholm Bromma le 18 décembre 2001 (départ: 14h43, arrivée: 19h43);
o a volé de Stockholm Broma à Cairo le 18 décembre 2001 (départ: 20h48, arrivée: 19 octobre à 01h30);
o a volé de Cairo à Prestwick le 20 décembre 2001 (départ: 06h56, arrivée: 12h03);
o a volé de Prestwick à Washington le 20 décembre 2001 (départ: 13h07, arrivée 19h18).

Il n'y a pas de "User's Name in CE" pour ces vols.

Extract from Edward Horgan’s report to EU Parliament
Part of Flightlog on CIA Torture Rendition plane N379P, changed to N8068V, later to N44982 and N126CH in attempts to hide it purposes and cargo of prisoners. The extracts below are just a small part of the flight lots of this aircraft now in possession of the EU Committee.

N379P 03.04.2002 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Smithfield, North Carolina, USA
N379P 08.04.2002 Smithfield, North Carolina, USA Dulles, Washington DC, USA
N379P 09.04.2002 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Cairo, Egypt
N379P 15.04.2002 Athens, Greece Shannon, Ireland [overflew Switzerland]
N379P 15.04.2002 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Camp Peary [CIA training facility] Landing Strip, Virginia, USA

N379P 29.07.2002 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Athens, Greece
N379P 01.08.2002 Amman, Jordan Shannon, Ireland [overflew Switzerland]
N379P 02.08.2002 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Smithfield, North Carolina, USA

N379P 27.09.2002 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Athens, Greece [overflew Switzerland]
N379P 30.09.2002 Athens, Greece Shannon, Ireland [overflew Switzerland]
N379P 30.09.2002 Shannon, Ireland Dulles, Washington DC, USA

N379P 21.11.2002 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, USA
N379P 21.11.2002 Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, USA Cairo, Egypt
N379P 23.11.2002 Larnaca, Cyprus Shannon, Ireland [overflew Switzerland]
N379P 25.11.2002 Smithfield, North Carolina, USA Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, USA

N379P 11.01.2003 Frankfurt, Germany Kuwait, Kuwait
N379P 18.01.2003 RAF Northolt, England Shannon, Ireland
N379P 18.01.2003 Shannon, Ireland Dulles, Washington DC, USA

N379P Plane changes registration to N8068V, owner Premier Executive Transport Services

N8068V 20.01.2004 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Shannon, Ireland
N8068V 25.01.2004 Prague, Czech Republic Geneva, Switzerland
N8068V 29.01.2004 Geneva, Switzerland Dulles, Washington DC, USA

N8068V 06.03.2004 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Shannon, Ireland
N8068V 12.03.2004 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Turks and Caicos Islands
N8068V 13.03.2004 Turks and Caicos Islands Dulles, Washington DC, USA

N8068V 09.04.2004 Dulles, Washington DC, USA Turks and Caicos Islands
N8068V 09.04.2004 Turks and Caicos Islands Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
N8068V 09.04.2004 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Jacksonville, Florida, USA
N8068V 10.04.2004 Jacksonville, Florida, USA Dulles, Washington DC, USA

N8068V 15.05.2004 Marrakesh, Morocco RAF Northolt, England
N8068V 17.05.2004 London Luton, England RAF Northolt, England
N8068V 18.05.2004 Northolt, England Shannon, Ireland
N8068V 18.05.2004 Shannon, Ireland Dulles, Washington DC, USA

N8068V New owner and tail number. Owner Bayard Foreign Marketing, CIA front companyN44982 Jan 2005,

January 2006. Gulfstream N44982 re-registered as
N126CH Inc.in Miami, Florida. Tail number changed to: N126CH.

So, what is going on and who is fooling who?
The following are also some of the facts presented to the EU TDIP committee

Landings of N313P-N4476S
GERMANY FRANKFURT 73
IRELAND SHANNON 23
JORDAN AMMAN 20
UK GLASGOW 19
LIBYA MITIGA 17
IRAQ BAGHDAD 10
AFGHANISTAN (KABUL) 9
SPAIN PALMA DE MALLORCA 8
GUANTÁNAMO Bay CUBA 7

Landings N379P-N8068V-N44982
GERMANY FRANKFURT 70
UNITED KINGDOM PRESTWICK 36
IRELAND SHANNON 22
UNITED KINGDOM GLASGOW 20
GUANTÁNAMO BAY CUBA 20
JORDAN AMMAN 18
PORTUGAL PORTO (OPORTO) 15
EGYPT CAIRO 14
UZBEKISTAN TASHKENT 13
CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE 11
CYPRUS LARNACA 10

Landings N85VM-N227SV
GUANTÁNAMO BAY CUBA 114
IRELAND SHANNON 30
UK (TURKS AND CAICOS) 21
UK LEUCHARS 10
GERMANY FRANKFURT 10
MOROCCO RABAT 7

UK (TURKS AND CAICOS) is a small island airport between Miami Florida and Guantanamo Cuba, now known to be a transit stop on the way to and from Guantanamo.

Hercules or Mirages? Shannon warport 11 mar 06
Hercules or Mirages? Shannon warport 11 mar 06

author by Coilín ÓhAiseadhapublication date Mon May 01, 2006 15:08author address Máigh Nuad, Co. Cill Daraauthor phone 086 060 3818Report this post to the editors

Thanks, Ed.

Here's another item of vital significance that - to the best of my reading - the trad and sad Irish media have either failed to notice, or deliberately ignored.

Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, has confirmed that European countries have failed in their duty to take proper legislative and administrative measures to protect individuals against violations of human rights committed by agents of friendly foreign security services. As a matter of fact, some European countries have participated actively in the extraordinary renditions, and thus in crimes of torture.

Here is a summary of key points made by the Secretary General at a recent press conference:
1. Virtually none of the COE's member states have proper legislative and administrative measures to effectively protect individuals against violations of human rights committed by agents of "friendly" foreign security services operating on their territory. Asking for diplomatic assurances is inadequate. [Bertie, did you get that?]
2. We no longer need to speak about “alleged” cases of rendition. The COE has received official acknowledgment of “handing over” individuals to foreign officials through procedures which ignore the standards and safeguards required by the European Convention on Human Rights and other legal instruments of the Council of Europe.
3. The primary objective of the COE's inquiry is not to look for a “smoking gun” of possible wrongdoing by our member states, but first and foremost to review and reinforce our legal arsenal for the protection of human rights.
4. If human rights of individuals have been violated, this should be dealt with primarily by the competent authorities at the national level and eventually by the European Court of Human Rights.

[More details below.]

From the above, it is clear that the Irish government must intervene proactively and pre-emptively to ensure that the facilities at Shannon are not abused, and that the ministers, Garda Commissioner et al. cannot escape their responsibility by trying to discredit the detailed prima facie evidence that Shannon is involved in the programme of extraordinary renditions. At this stage, the onus is not on concerned citizens such as Ed Horgan to provide further evidence of our participation in crimes of torture; the onus is now on the Irish government to prove and to ensure that victims of the CIA's programme of illegal abductions are NOT being transported through Shannon.

Best,
Coilín.

****

Speaking notes for the press conference of Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Wednesday, 12 April at 2 PM

...

As you know, following the publication of my first interim assessment of the information provided by the governments of the Council of Europe member states on 1 March, I sent a second letter to 37 member states, and requested additional information and clarifications on a number of specific issues.

...

The information received is being analysed. A vast majority of governments provided complete, precise and substantive replies, and we now begin to have a very clear picture of the situation. A complete assessment of the replies will take another couple of weeks. The replies will eventually be made public, together with my final report which will include proposals for intergovernmental action at the Council of Europe level.

Meanwhile, we can already draw two important conclusions.

First, the second batch of replies confirmed that virtually none of our member states have proper legislative and administrative measures to effectively protect individuals against violations of human rights committed by agents of friendly foreign security services operating on their territory. It looks as if the analysis of laws and administrative practices regulating the use of civil aircraft will lead to a similar conclusion. Some governments are trying to remedy the situation by asking for diplomatic assurances, a method which in my view has not proven to be adequate and to provide the level of positive protection required by the European Convention of Human Rights.

Second, on the basis of the information I have received so far, I am now in position to say that we no longer need to speak about “alleged” cases of rendition. I am not in a position to go into any further detail at the moment, but we have received official acknowledgment of “handing over” individuals to foreign officials through procedures which ignore the standards and safeguards required by the European Convention on Human Rights and other legal instruments of the Council of Europe. A few other replies contain inconsistencies which we are in the process of clarifying in direct contact with the authorities of the countries concerned.

I will stress again that the primary objective of my inquiry is not to look for a “smoking gun” of possible wrongdoing by our member states, but first and foremost to review and reinforce our legal arsenal for the protection of human rights.

If human rights of individuals have been violated – and this clearly cannot be excluded - this should be dealt with primarily by the competent authorities at the national level and eventually by the European Court of Human Rights.

...

http://www.coe.int/T/E/Com/Files/PA-Sessions/April-2006...g.asp

author by Coilínpublication date Mon May 01, 2006 15:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think it must be Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy's duty to ensure that the gardaí at Shannon, or perhaps detectives drafted in from elsewhere, search CIA aircraft landing at the airport to ensure that they are not carrying victims of the CIA's torture programme, or to gather evidence that they have done so.

If the gardaí would just do their job, then we might find the smoking gun that some of our political leaders have been demanding.

Since the gardaí at Shannon have so far NOT been doing their job as regards searching aircraft that certainly HAVE been involved in international abductions, perhaps we should complain to the Garda Síochána Complaints Board?

Below are a few relevant excerpts from the websites of the Garda Síochána and Information on Public Services, respectively.

Best,
Coilín.

.

Office of the Garda Commissioner

The general direction and control of the Garda Síochána is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Government. He is responsible to the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, who in turn is accountable to the Dáil (the Irish legislature) for the activities of the Service. While legislation permits the appointment to be made from outside the Service, the Commissioner is normally a police officer who has risen through the ranks.

The Commissioner has his Office at Garda Headquarters. ...

http://www.garda.ie/angarda/hq/commoffice.html

****

Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy

Noel Conroy is the current Commissioner of An Garda Síochána and was appointed in July 2003.

He is a native of Blacksod, Co. Mayo and joined the Garda Síochána in 1963.

He has served in Finglas, Kevin Street, Cabra, Store Street, Santry, Central Detective Unit and at the Crime & Security Section at Garda Headquarters. Most of his service has been in Detective Branch.

...

He has graduated from executive programmes in policing in Europe from the FBI Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute.

http://www.garda.ie/angarda/management/noelconroy.html

****

The Garda Siochana Complaints Board is an independent statutory agency that deals with complaints from citizens about members of An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force). The Board is linked to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, but is entirely independent in the operation of its functions.

...

The Board deals with complaints that contain allegations of criminal offences and improper conduct. Improper conduct consists of:

* Discourtesy
* Neglect of duty
* Falsehood or prevarication
* Abuse of authority
...
* Discreditable conduct
* Being an accessory to the above.

...

If your complaint is successful

If a complaint alleging criminal behaviour is successful, the Board will refer the complaint to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will consider whether a criminal prosecution should be brought against any member of the Garda Siochana. If the Director of Public Prosecutions decides that no prosecution should be taken or if the successful complaint does involve an allegation of criminal behaviour, the Board must decide whether the evidence indicates that a member of the Garda Siochana may be guilty of improper conduct.

If the Board decides that the evidence indicates that a Garda may be guilty of improper conduct, it can do one of two things:

* If the improper conduct is considered to be minor, refer the matter to the Garda Commissioner who will either issue advice to, admonish or warn the Garda in question
* If the improper conduct is considered to be serious, refer the matter to a Tribunal.

Tribunals

Tribunals are made up of three people - two members of the Garda Siochana Complaints Board who have not had any previous dealings with the complaint, one of whom must be a practising barrister or solicitor with at least 10 years experience, and a senior Garda officer nominated by the Garda Commissioner.

... If the Tribunal decides that the allegations contained in the complaint are proven, it can:

* Issue a formal caution, reprimand or warning
* Impose a fine of up to four weeks pay
* Reduce a Garda in rank
* Order the dismissal of a Garda
* Require the Garda to retire or resign as an alternative to dismissal

...

http://oasis.gov.ie/justice/general/garda_siochana_comp....html

author by Seán Ryanpublication date Mon May 01, 2006 17:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I agree that the commissioner bears a lot of guilt for not ordering the Gardaí to investigate rendition etc.

However a Garda cannot be ordered not to perform his or her duty.

Reasonable suspicion warrants investigation, indeed it is enough for a member of the force to search a member of the public.

What is reasonable suspicion?

That's a good question and it's one I have yet to hear a definitive answer on.

Let me describe something that I myself find to be reasonably suspicious.

*** Thousands of innocents have been rendered via planes that regularly land at Shannon and God knows where else in this country.

*** No country has admitted to allowing rendition to violate their sovereignty.

*** The Irish justice system and the Irish people do not accept assurances as evidence. Fact not hearsay.

A question or two for the Gardaí.

If nobody allows their transit, how do those who are illegally kidnapped get to their destination?

Isn't it suspicious that rendition flights only ever stop to fuel up considering they never contain victims?

Allow me to expand on the second question.

A = place of torture.
B = country where plane makes a pit stop to refuel.
C = country where the illegal kidnapping occurs.

We can prove the 'A - B - C' flight route. Ie our government admits to fueling rendition planes.

However if 'A - B - C' flight route exists then the 'C - B - A' flight route necessarily exists and it can be reasonably assumed that destinations referred to a 'B' are the same in either flight route until proven otherwise.

What countries are represented by 'B' in the 'C - B - A' flight route?

I know my little scenario above could be shown to be false, but this could only happen after an actual investigation discounted it.

If a singular garda found the activities in Shannon to be reasonably suspicious, it was and is his or her duty to investigate, or if ordered not to investigate, it was and is his or her duty to make this public.

The stink goes all the way to the top and I'm not trying to deny this. I'm just saying that the little turds in all this need to be kept in mind also.

I would be interested in hearing from the Gardái which countries do facilitate rendition in their opinion, since they discount the possibility that we facilitate it without telling us how they know.

Twould be nice to ask the commissioner about this last point and watch him squirm as he tells us about government and American assurances.

Rest assured that I'm not assured.

 
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