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Another CIA torture plane refuelled at Shannon.

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Monday December 03, 2007 22:53author by Edward Horgan Report this post to the editors

N71PG at Shannon

A CIA controlled Learjet reg no N71PG was refuelled at dawn this morning at Shannon and made a hasty exit within the hour. It had been due two hours earlier, in the hours of darkness as usual.
Unlike the two other CIA planes recently refuelled at Shannon, Gulfstream N476LC refuelled on 30 Oct 07 and Gulfstream N478GS refuelled on 30 Nov 07, both of which were notorious torture rendition planes, we know very little about N71PG so far. Please carry out some research and try and dig up its CIA history. We should remember that when the now infamous N379P, known as the Guantanamo Express was first seen at Shannon and logged on indymedia by Tim Hourigan, we were not even aware of the CIA torture rendition programme. Such murky and gross violations of human rights are by their very nature very difficult to expose.
CIA Rendition Plane N71PG  at Shannon 3 Dec 2007
CIA Rendition Plane N71PG at Shannon 3 Dec 2007

When I arrived at Shannon airport to check on the latest CIA arrival at 07.55 am on Mon 3 Dec 07, it was already on the ground being refuelled, and located just in front of the security and fire brigade buildings. I phone Shannon garda station and spoke to Sgt Noel McMahon, and requested that he have this plane searched by gardai. He gave me the usual guff about needing concrete “proof” of prisoners on board the plane before gardai could search the plane. He even cited the fact that gardai could not search my home just on the basis of reports or complaints by neighbours. He is wrong of course. Gardai can get warrants to search private homes if there is reasonable suspicion of that house is being used for criminal purposes.
An example that has been reported to me occurred in December 2006. I am informed that an automatic pistol went missing from a US military or air force plane at Shannon. Gardai got a warrant to search the home of an employee at Shannon airport, and arrested the individual and held him for questioning for about 36 hours. The only concrete “proof” or “evidence” that a gun was missing was that a US soldier had reported that his pistol was missing. It has been reported that the US military have managed to “loose” over 100,000 weapons including very many automatic rifles in Iraq, that have probably fallen into the hands of insurgents, so one more pistol lost seems insignificant by comparison.
The crime of torture is far more serious than the loss or possible theft of one pistol. Yet the gardai need “proof that will stand up in court” that prisoners are on board the CIA planes at Shannon, before they will even look through the windows or doors of the plane. I have discovered separately that gardai at Shannon are being very careful not to be caught or photographed on protection duty on CIA planes at Shannon, in case they are accused of protecting tortures. However, they normally do protection duty on all US military planes at Shannon, in spite of the fact that more than half of the prisoners at Guantanamo were transported there on US military planes, rather than on CIA jets.

I now want to make an appeal.
We need volunteers to assist in the process of monitoring US military and CIA planes at Shannon airport. Our team of monitors has been successfully reduced by garda harassment and abuse of the courts system by gardai. These are the same gardai that are daily refusing to comply with the Criminal Justice (UN Convention Against Torture Act) 2002, by failing to investigate and prevent complicity in the crime of torture at Shannon airport.
I would also ask that comments and postings on this topic in indymedia be confined to the broader issues of the gross human rights abuses inflicted on prisoners under the US rendition for torture programme, and to the specifics of what is happening at Shannon. The airing of personal grievance against the justice systems in Ireland and elsewhere, should be kept for another forum or separate indymedia postings. The abuses inflicting on many of these prisoners include execution at the end of the torture process. The airing by individuals of their own lesser personal injustices distracts from our efforts to prevent the crimes of torture being facilitated at Shannon airport.

We need volunteers urgently to carry out research on the internet, and to engage in monitoring at Shannon airport on a more regular basis. Surely from a population of over 4 million people, it should be possible to find more that a few people to monitor and report on the crimes of torture.

Please contact me at if you have time to spend either on research or monitory CIA and US military planes. If you can’t spare a few hours, then God Bless You.
Remember the story from the Nazi era, “when they came for me, there was no one left to protest on my behalf”.

N71PG parked at Shannon airport security
N71PG parked at Shannon airport security

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Taking Liberties     YouTuber    Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:43 
   Follow the terminal     softlabhennef    Tue Dec 04, 2007 16:06 
   taking liberties 9+10     Mary Kelly    Tue Dec 04, 2007 20:22 
   Snow Men and the Snow Blind Gardai     Joe    Tue Dec 04, 2007 21:20 
   Centre for Constitutional Rights (US) CCR     Edward    Tue Dec 04, 2007 23:23 
   CI A Drugs in Mexico     Edward    Wed Dec 05, 2007 00:11 
   Wishful think all round     Gary    Wed Dec 05, 2007 09:27 
   N987SA in Shannon     softlabhennef    Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:03 
   It's not just the hope of finding a shackled prisoner...     Seán Ryan    Wed Dec 05, 2007 19:11 
 10   And how Seanie??     A10    Wed Dec 05, 2007 20:39 
 11   The duty to seek out and preserve evidence     Seán Ryan    Thu Dec 06, 2007 00:37 
 12   Thanks Sean     Edward Horgan    Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:24 
 13   Coke in Shannon     Flightline    Thu Dec 06, 2007 13:22 
 14   Dennis Halliday calls for reparations     Seán Ryan    Fri Dec 07, 2007 04:26 
 15   CIA destroyed torture tapes     Seán Ryan    Fri Dec 07, 2007 04:38 
 16   checking N71PG     anon    Fri Dec 07, 2007 13:38 
 17   N71PG     Edward Horgan    Fri Dec 07, 2007 18:37 
 18   More on this on the net     Flightline    Fri Dec 07, 2007 20:13 
 19   N478GS: attention please     softlabhennef    Sun Dec 09, 2007 19:46 
 20   N71PG     Skywatcher    Mon Dec 10, 2007 09:34 
 21   N71PG     anon    Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:43 
 22   More torture tapes info     Seán Ryan    Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:39 
 23   Progress     Reflections    Tue Dec 11, 2007 17:56 
 24   Flightpath N71PG     softlabhennef    Thu Dec 13, 2007 19:31 
 25   N71PG Phoenix Air Lifeguard     Kent    Sat Dec 15, 2007 04:19 
 26   The torturer's buddy     Seán Ryan    Sat Dec 15, 2007 15:39 
 27   Google FG/     Favour for a friend    Mon Dec 17, 2007 13:21 
 28   Other Article on stolen gun     anon    Sat Dec 22, 2007 16:26 
 29   Phoenix and Phoenix     anon    Sat Jan 05, 2008 16:36 

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