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ACLU, Other Groups Protest Alleged Activities of Kinston Company

Posted March 21, 2007

— There are more protests underway over "torture flights" that originate in North Carolina.

Various groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union gathered at the General Assembly  Wednesday to renew their criticism of Aero Contractors. The ACLU believes the company works with the CIA hauling terror suspects to secret locations, without due process.

The air carrier flies out of Johnston County and the Global Transpark in Kinston.  A group of state lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Roy Cooper last Thursday, asking that he order the State Bureau of Investigation to probe reports of illegal activity at the Johnston County Airport.

The letter from 22 legislators asks for the SBI to investigate Aero Contractors.

The CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" aired a story in 2005 about secret Central Intelligence Agency flights that were part of the abduction of terrorism suspects, a process known as rendition.

"60 Minutes" said the flights began in North Carolina.

WRAL has learned that a Swedish news crew traced the flights to Aero Contractors, a company based at the Johnston County Airport.

Aero denies any involvement in the flights. Protesters said they're frustrated that state leaders won't investigate.


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  • gpd Mar 22, 2007

    I would hate to see how the society of 2007 would react if transported back in time to WWII when even-so-much as Japanese Americans were put into concentration camps away from the West Coast in an effort to protect against sympathetic uprisings.

    It would be madness and mayhem across this whole country, and weaker because of it. The general public has no idea what protection calls for sometimes, nor are they willing to participate. When we hear of American born citizens being arrested and dragged out of homes, then we can be afraid of the Patriot Act. Until then, get all the criminals you can find.

  • IHave1-2 Mar 22, 2007

    Why would the ACLU want the CIA investigated? Um, CIA aka secret service? Um... hello???

  • me-in-raeford Mar 22, 2007

    Let's face it the ACLU is about as FAR LEFT as you can get...and have completely lost touch with the meaning and spirit of the Constitution.
    Personally, I think they are a Hate Group and should be prosecuted as such...if any organization is to be held up as responsible for the systematic dismantling of my rights its the ACLU!!!!
    oh and Builder03...do you really think the CIA has ANY interest in your petty paranoid cell phone ramblings! Get a grip...like it or not this country is at war.
    Hats of to Aero Contractors if they are snatching terrorists!!!

  • 68_polara Mar 22, 2007

    And another thing. Doesn't the ACLU have better things to do than sue to keep the Boy Scouts of America from public parks and holding meetings after hours in schools buildings?

  • 68_polara Mar 22, 2007

    The ACLU stinks. They only protect rights for politically correct causes. They absolutely refuse to fight to uphold the 2nd amendment.

  • gpd Mar 22, 2007

    Only citizens of this country are protected from illegal searches and seizures as well as the right to due process. Maybe YOU should read the Constitution.

  • Builder03 Mar 22, 2007

    I guess that none of you are interested in protection from illegal search and seizure, warrantless spying, or the mining of infomation from your cell phone records. I guess you'll never have to worry that in your emails there won't be that series of words that gets you tagged for closer inspection. You probably won't even care when the next administration takes the laws that you right now want to uphold and uses them against you. Whether or not you agree or not, the ACLU is there to protect your rights under the constitution. Perhaps you think our constitution is just an old document that is no longer relevant in today's world. Perhaps you are in the 23% of the American public that feels this administration is doing the right thing. Perhaps, you're just a bit dillusional. Perhaps you don't see the forest for the trees.

  • panzer263 Mar 22, 2007

    First of all, no investigation has been made because the General Assembly isn't full of conspiracy theorists and they know that it'd be a colossal waste of time. Secondly, it's proof positive that the ACLU just loves camera time and that they have no interest in the truth, because they're organizing to criticize a company based on allegations where there's no proof. If you want the Assembly to investigate, then ask them to do that. Don't try to conduct character assassination on a company because of possible misinformation. Third, I didn't know terror suspects had the right to due process, despite what anybody such as the ACLU thinks. They have no idea what it takes to keep this country safe and the agencies/people who work to protect this country suffer as a result of their cackling. Finally, if Aero Contractors does provide transportation for terrorist body snatchings (perfectly okay with me), can't we reserve a few seats on the next flight for the ACLU ringleaders?

  • wynnwilson Mar 22, 2007

    I bet they are all Democratic and most minorities !

  • wynnwilson Mar 22, 2007

    So A terriost gets his ( insert here the part ) beat so that an American can be saved !

    What is the problem ?