Monday, March 2, 2009

Anti-Rendition Activism in North Carolina

from WRAL/AP:

"Activists want anti-rendition pledge from airport

RALEIGH, N.C. — Stop Torture Now is bringing a retired military officer to help convince the Johnston County Board of Commissioners to sign an anti-rendition pledge.

The group says Aero Contractors, which is based at the county's airport, flies detainees to secret prisons and interrogations. Floyd McGurk, who served two tours in Vietnam, will speak at Monday's commissioner meeting about how torture endangers American troops.

Four of McGurk's family members are currently serving in Iraq.

The group's proposed pledge would ban Aero from public facilities at the airport and
refer allegations of its involvement in kidnapping and torture to law
enforcement agencies."

Interesting pushback against the idea that has emerged in the brains of our businesses - "we can do whatever we want as long as the government tell us to." Telco amnesty, invoking the state secrets privilege in Mohamed et. al. v Jeppesen...good on Stop Torture Now for reminding businesses that they follow the same laws as the rest of us.

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