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category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday November 30, 2007 15:45author by Coilín ÓhAiseadha Report this post to the editors

Gardaí again refuse to search torture aircraft

Gardai last night arrested Conor Cregan and retired army commandant Edward Horgan while they were observing suspected CIA jet N478GS at Shannon Airport.

This aircraft is listed in the European Parliament’s TDIP report as allegedly being involved in the CIA "extraordinary renditions" programme, under which civilians suspected of terrorism have been abducted and transported to destinations outside the United States, where they have been tortured.

Cregan and Horgan, who have been observing and reporting on suspicious aircraft landing at Shannon for five years, were in the public observation tower at the airport, acting on a tip-off. When the aircraft landed at 1.30 am, the two human rights activists called the Gardai to ask them to search the aircraft for victims of the CIA torture programme.

But instead of searching the aircraft, the Gardaí asked the two law-abiding activists to leave. When they persisted in attempting to identify and observe the aircraft, they were arrested at approximately 1.40 am under the Air Traffic and Navigation Act, section 33.1.

This incident follows a familiar pattern in which the Gardaí at Shannon refuse to investigate aircraft that are known to have been chartered by the CIA and whose flight logs suggest that they have been used to transport abducted prisoners for purposes of torture. Most recently, Cregan and Horgan sighted CIA jet N475LC at the airport on 30 October. They immediately asked Gardai to investigate, but the Gardaí refused.

Michael D. Higgins, TD, raised the issue in the Dáil yesterday and received the usual denial by the government. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Phone Mark Price for further details: 086 3454332.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Brief report on arrest     Edward Horgan    Fri Nov 30, 2007 22:11 
   Info     Seán Ryan    Fri Nov 30, 2007 22:26 
   Brainfart     Seán Ryan    Fri Nov 30, 2007 22:55 
   Romanian Black Prison Exposed     Conor Cregan    Fri Nov 30, 2007 22:56 
   New link     Seán Ryan    Sat Dec 01, 2007 05:52 
   "Primary Issues" (Fri Nov 30, 2007 22:11 above)     W. Finnerty.    Sat Dec 01, 2007 09:14 
   Eires Neutrality     G.D.Flynn    Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:57 
   How can you live with yourself Ed Horgan?     righteous pragmatist    Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:38 
   Hi RP     Seán Ryan    Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:47 
 10   comment on Ed Horgan's latest report     Contrarian    Sat Dec 01, 2007 14:21 
 11   Guilty beyond any doubt in my opinion     Seán Ryan    Sat Dec 01, 2007 14:52 
 12   Voodoo optics; the last refuge of scoundrels?     TD    Sat Dec 01, 2007 16:35 
 13   Minister of State Pat Carey TD doesn't want to know     Coilín    Sat Dec 01, 2007 21:00 
 14   American values?     Coilín    Sat Dec 01, 2007 22:07 
 15   Misuse of The Republics Neutrality Act     G.D.Flynn    Sun Dec 02, 2007 13:26 
 16   Continuing abuse of Shannon and Irish sovereignty     Edward Horgan    Mon Dec 03, 2007 00:35 
 17   Torture     Seán Ryan    Mon Dec 03, 2007 05:13 
 18   Dail question and nonreply     anon    Wed Dec 12, 2007 16:13 
 19   More info re aircraft N478GS from TDIP working document     Coilín    Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:25 
 20   Irish Political Reform     Frank Chaney    Mon Jun 21, 2010 13:46 
 21   beg to differ     opus diablos    Mon Jun 21, 2010 16:14 

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