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8 Arrested in 'Torture Flights' Protest

Posted April 9, 2007

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— Eight people were arrested Monday morning while trying to deliver "citizens' arrest" warrants for three pilots at the Johnston County Airport, authorities said.

Various groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union claim Aero Contractors, an air carrier based at the airport, works for the CIA to provide so-called "torture flights" in which terrorism suspects are flown to secret locations without due process.

Twenty-two state lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Roy Cooper last month, asking that he order the State Bureau of Investigation to probe reports of illegal activity at the Johnston County Airport.

Aero Contractors has denied any involvement in the flights, and no one with the company came to the gates outside its hangars Monday to meet the protestors.

Eight of the protestors were charged with tresspassing, authorities said.

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  • ninenine99 Apr 10, 2007

    ssi: By "we" do you mean the US? If so, how does the US declare war against its own citizens? Are you suggesting we round them up and put them into concentration camps? How do you "win" a war against a religion? If I thought that was possible, I'd be suggesting that we start bombing Christians immediately.

  • yacs Apr 10, 2007

    me-in-raeford: "THE ACLU is just an obstacle in the path of those of us who respect the freedoms and rights given to us in this Constitutional Republic"

    Actually, the ACLU in this case is attempting to ensure that one of those freedoms and rights is upheld: due process.

    ssi: "You do not deal with someone you are at war with in civilian courts with court appointed attorneys."

    I agree. But that's not the situation we're talking about. Some of the people detained/beaten were innocent. They are not terrorists, and we are not at war with them. They were mistaken for terrorists based on a name or other similarity. Due process would have ensured the CIA had the right people before they took them away and beat them. Nobody, including the ACLU, wants real terrorists to be granted special privileges or to be released; they're simply trying to prevent the unlawful detainment of innocent people like you and me.

  • me-in-raeford Apr 10, 2007

    The ACLU is a Circle Sitting, Terrorist Symapthizing, Ego Patting, Liberal Pandering Joke!

    If I am given a choice between who I want to "defend my rights and freedoms" trust me on this...I'M ALWAYS GOING TO CHOSE GEORGE W. BUSH or someone just like him...THE ACLU is just an obstacle in the path of those of us who respect the freedoms and rights given to us in this Constitutional Republic

  • ssi Apr 10, 2007

    First of all we are at WAR with the Islamists. They want all of us, our country, and our way of life destroyed. You do not deal with someone you are at war with in civilian courts with court appointed attorneys. It's hard to believe that some people don't understand that.

  • Ripcord Apr 10, 2007

    All 8 of these imbeciles are perfect candidates for the "Adopt a Terrorist" program. Let them live with these detainees for a month and see what they're really like.

  • yacs Apr 10, 2007

    68_polara: "these protesters needed to be arrested. We can't run around kidnapping people under the banner on citizens arrest."

    Yeah, that's one area where we do see eye to eye. Due process should be observed to make sure we get the right guys, but be that as it may, the protesters don't need to be bursting onto the property of either a private company or the CIA, however they see it. A citizen's arrest is a joke, and their actions made these people seem more like kooks -- they hurt their own cause more than they helped it.

    I support the watchdog efforts and I believe the ACLU was right to raise this particular issue, but the protesters followed through in the wrong way.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Apr 10, 2007

    Sounds like a bunch of Gomer Pyles running around going "citizens arrest, citizens arrest!"

  • 68_polara Apr 10, 2007

    Your right Ncguy. The only thing these people understand is violence, believe it or not they actually respect it and they respect those who use it. Reagan understood this. But we can't drop them out of airplanes without do process. With that said however, these protesters needed to be arrested. We can't run around kidnapping people under the banner on citizens arrest..

  • yacs Apr 10, 2007

    vizbiz: "I'm not worried if they tap me, I'm not doing anything criminal."

    Neither was Khalid El-Masri, yet he was detained and beaten for five months because he shared a name with a terrorist. It could happen to you, too, which is why you should be worried. This can happen to anyone, regardless of race, creed or name.

    That's what this article is about -- not the war in Iraq, not Muslim rights, not sympathy for terrorists. It's about the scary prospect of an innocent person (NOT a terrorist) being taken away without due process, and the ACLU's efforts to prevent that.

    Yes, the CIA made a mistake, but mistakes like that would be less frequent if they followed due process. Arrest and try any suspected terrorists and let justice run its course -- that sounds reasonable to me. As Bill0 said, punish the true terrorists however you want, but get a conviction first, and you won't be getting innoncent people along the way.

  • ncguy Apr 10, 2007

    I think we should let aero fly the terrorsit over bagdad and drop them 10,000 feet and splat on the groung at the city market.
    Sounds harsh I know but they do not understand anything but violence. Whom ever can do the worst violence wins- that's why sadam was in power they feared him because of violence. They don't fear us because they know our laws will not allow it- they laugh- come on people!
    Gotta fight fire with fire.

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