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category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Sunday May 14, 2006 20:44author by Edward Horgan - PANA Report this post to the editors

Refueling War At Shannon, on a quiet Sunday evening

This aircraft was seen by Edward Horgan at Shannon airport on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 pm.
It took off about two hours later.
Connor Cregan got some photos of the take off which will be published later.
It has been seen regularly at Frankfurt in Germany. It is not yet clear whether it is controlled by the US Airforce or by the CIA. It is unusual for US Airforce to operate such unmaked planes. The Irish green white and gold colour scheme is a new innovation. It makes a change from World Airways flying in Aer Lingus colours.

This report by Wayne Madsen shows it is not on its first visit to Shannon. Detailed flight logs of this plane will make interesting reading when we get them soon.
Its previous stopping points include, Guantanamo, Baghdad, Kabul, Shannon and many of the usual suspect airports.

May 1, 2006 -- CIA Boeing 737 still flying secret prisoners around Asia and Europe. A Boeing 737, tail number N368CE, registered to a shadowy company called Premier Aircraft Management and incorporated in North Las Vegas, Nevada, has been sighted in Frankfurt, Germany, Luxembourg, Baghdad, and Kabul in recent months. The Boeing is ostensibly owned by Wells Fargo Bank and was based in Wilmington, Delaware until 2004. The plane was previously registered to a Malaysian firm called Country Heights, based in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia and operated under registration number 9M-LKY. The Boeing has had an interesting history. Once known for flying around VIPs such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kofi Annan, the plane has been used by the CIA to fly around renditioned prisoners and their CIA captors.

In 2005, the home base of the plane was shifted from Wilmington to Frankfurt, Germany. Recently, the ownership of the Boeing was shifted from Premier Aircraft Management to a sister company called Vision Airlines. The owner of both companies is William Acor, whose airline business has largely encompassed sightseeing flights over the Grand Canyon. The registered secretary and treasurer of Premier is Chong How Kiat while Acor is treasurer for Vision. Vision's secretary is listed as Steven Acor. According to FEC records, Acor donated to the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2004.

Premier Aircraft Management appears to be an umbrella company consisting of firms and branches in Nevada, Canada, Luxembourg, and Malaysia. Another Boeing 737, tail number N34315 and registered to Wilmington Trust, in Wilmington, Delaware, has been spotted at Luxembourg's Findel Airport along with N368CE. There are reports of a cooperative arrangement between these aircraft and Luxair, which is based at Findel.

CIA uses Boeing 737 owned by company connected to Malaysia. Malaysia was the site of the Jan. 2000 Al Qaeda summit that planned the 9-11 attacks. The CIA and Malaysia's Special Branch conducted surveillance of the meeting, which included future hijackers Khalid al Midhar and Nawaf al Hazmi, in a posh Kuala Lumpur suburb. The CIA sent the warning to the FBI, which ignored it.

According to European sources, N368CE had the following flight itinerary earlier this year:

Jan. 8, 06 -- Kabul to Frankfurt, Germany
Jan. 9, 06 -- Frankfurt to Baghdad
Jan. 06 -- Frankfurt to Baghdad and Baghdad to Frankfurt
Frankfurt to Kabul and Kabul to Frankfurt
Feb. 1, 06 -- Frankfurt to Kabul
Feb. 2, 06 -- Kabul to Frankfurt

N368CE also had an interesting itinerary just prior to the U.S.-backed coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in April 2002:

Mar.-Apr. 2002 -- Los Angeles to Toluca, Mexico; Caracas, Venezuela to New York City; New York to Managua, Nicaragua; Brownsville, Texas to Managua; Washington, DC to Shannon, Ireland; Gander, Newfoundland to Washington, DC; Washington to Houston; Houston to Washington.

Beginning in Feb. 2003, the Boeing made some other interesting stops: Miami to Managua; Miami to Wilmington, North Carolina; Wilmington, NC to Baltimore; Baltimore to Basseterre, St. Kitts; Atlanta to Gander, Newfoundland; Gander to Shannon, Ireland; Athens, Greece to Shannon; Shannon to Gander; Gander to Atlanta; Washington, DC to Santa Maria, Azores; San Juan, Puerto Rico to Washington, DC; Newark, NJ to Inverness, Scotland; Inverness to Gander; Gander to Newark, Newark to Wilmington, NC; Wilmington, NC to Houston; Houston to Gander; London to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Larnaca, Cyprus to Shannon; Wilmington, NC to Columbus, Ohio; Columbus to Pittsburgh, PA; Pittsburgh to Shannon, Larnaca, Cyprus to Shannon; Los Angeles to Brownsville, Texas; Brownsville to Port of Spain, Trinidad; Trinidad to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Montego Bay to Washington, DC; Wilmington, NC to Providence, Rhode Island; Providence to Mosstown, Great Exuma, Bahamas; Mosstown to Basseterre, St. Kitts; Basseterre to New York City; New York to Wilmington, NC. Some of these routes are known to be used by couriers transporting large amounts of cash from of-shore bank haven to haven (Larnaca, St. Kitts, Bahamas, e.g.). In April 2004, the Boeing flew from Wilmington, NC to Washington, DC to Guantanamo, Cuba and returned to Wilmington via Washington.

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author by anonpublication date Sun May 14, 2006 21:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tim previously posted about the World Lingus colours even though it had a clear World Airways logo. I think the green insignificant (is it?) and although its worth recording its distracting from the other aspects of the flights

author by EHpublication date Mon May 15, 2006 10:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Dear Anon,
One of the values of indymedia is to record what may appear to be trivial information like Tim recording N379P at Shannon in Jan 2003, even though we did not know what it was doing there.
Likewise with the colour scheme of N368CE and its Co Clare CE numberplate. It will stick in people's memory.

author by Ypublication date Mon May 15, 2006 17:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Are there some people suggesting that this plane was painted in its colour scheme purely to get through Shannon without being noticed and possibly mistaken for an Irish aircraft? Dispite all the places in the world its been do people really think they would go through all this trouble to get true Ireland. I've seen pictures of the plane and the last thing the green and gold stripe down the fuselage would have made think is, "Oh that must be an Irish plane". Imagination is running a bit too wild with some people.

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author by Pat Quirkepublication date Tue May 16, 2006 03:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wow, people are grasping at straws.

Why would one think that Green, White & Gold are irish colours? Green, maybe but then again, Nigeria is also associated with green, as is Libya. It is the traditional colour of Islam.

Maybe the Green party is organising the flights??? or maybe Little Green Men???

is this all you have?

author by Coilinpublication date Tue May 16, 2006 04:35author email aat2004 at mail dot dkauthor address Máigh Nuad, Co. Cill Daraauthor phone Report this post to the editors

This very handy Website allows you to search for aircraft by registration number:

See Aviation Photo Search Engine.
Enter registration number in the keywords field.

Here is a link to the above photo on the site:

Note the text:
Untitled Boeing 737-33A

Frankfurt - Main (Rhein-Main AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF) Germany, July 27, 2005

N368CE (cn 27456/2749) Already for some weeks this untitled bobby flies for the U.S. Air Force... [Canon EOS 350D, EF 75-300mm/4-5.6 III USM]

Viktor Dreger
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N368CE at Frankfurt 27 July 2005. Photo © Viktor Dreger
N368CE at Frankfurt 27 July 2005. Photo © Viktor Dreger

author by The Devil (Bush)publication date Tue May 16, 2006 06:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Bush: "Sorry to Oil the Torture Chambers and The Death Squads but Oil comes First. Fill her up ?????"

author by Aussie Aussie Aussiepublication date Tue May 16, 2006 08:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Looks like Australian colours! You will be able to recognise them at the World Cup. One could add that your football team is as spineless as your politicians that's why you won't see Irish colours in Germany 2006. The Australian team is a testament to multi-culturalism, (as distinct from teh Australian government) ease up on your xenophobia and Ireland might qualify next time.

author by Edwardpublication date Tue May 16, 2006 10:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The three photos shown above were taken by Conor as N368CE was taking off from Shannon. The highlighting of the colours is simply to help achieve recognition for future visits. Even your negative comments help to achive this.

There are far too peace activists monitoring Shannon airport.
We need far more of those who are having very useful strategy meetings in Dublin to also pay regular visits to Shannon and record what is going on, and also to carry out internet research into planes such as N368CE.

We do not yet know what was on board this aircraft at Shannon last Sunday, or what its previous or next stops were. We do know that it was connected with torture in the past and with attempts to subvert governments in Latin America.

George Bush has decided to close down Guantanamo some year soon. That would be good news if we knew where the prisoners in Guantanamo were going to and how they will be treated.
The likelihood is that most of them will be "repatriated" to the home countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and Afghanistan, where they will be imprisoned, tortured and in some cases exterminated.

Kabul in Afghanistan has been just one of the landing points of this aircraft.
We now need to be aware that planes such as N368CE are likely to be used to for these further torture renditions.

Now is a good time also to express our solidarity with the Afghan hungerstrikers in St Partick's Cathedral in Dublin. Many of them are facing deportation to a country destroyed, first by the British Empire, then by the USSR, and now by the US-led coaltion of the complicit. Brutal Afghan regimes added to the pain and torture suffered by virtually all Afghan people.

Call to St Patrick's and offer your solidarity.

author by GOT OIL ????publication date Tue May 16, 2006 15:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Bush: "GOT OIL???? Then I'll be seeing you soon. When I come to Kill you and take your Oil !!!!!"

author by Surferpublication date Tue May 16, 2006 15:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There were questions asked in Westminister about this plane.

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author by bobo - peacepublication date Fri Apr 11, 2008 16:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Edward, very thoughtfull comment, russians were not even remotely doing what we have done to Afganistan

author by A10publication date Fri Apr 11, 2008 19:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

when I saw that plane.for it to be anyway recogniseable as an Irish aircraft,it has to have two or one national symbols.Either a Harp or Shamrock.. I'm sure the dumb warmongering CIAwould know that too,and spend a few quid painting one on it to really confound the hairy plane spotters.

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