Why are CIA flights landing in Canada?
Date: Friday, February 24 2006
Topic: Military, Security, and Defence
Are these flights for "rendition" purposes? Please read the article below, then write to Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay asking him to tell the Canadian people what is going on:
OTTAWA (CP) - Newly declassified memos show the number of Canadian landings by planes tied to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency far exceeds previously known figures.
Internal government briefing notes obtained Wednesday also reveal senior intelligence officials from six federal agencies, including Canada's spy service, met in late November to discuss the flights.
The memos underscore the level of concern in government circles about public fears the CIA has been ferrying terrorist suspects through Canada to foreign prisons.
One note, stamped secret, says 20 planes with alleged CIA ties have made 74 flights to Canada since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The note adds the Canada Border Services Agency, which compiled the figures, and Nav Canada, the civil aviation regulatory body, "have indicated that proper administrative and operational procedures were followed in relation to those flights."
The Public Safety Department said in January a federal review of landings by the supposed CIA flights showed no evidence of "illegal activities."
The explanations do not satisfy human rights group Amnesty International, which has been pressing the government on whether any of the flights involved the transfer of prisoners to countries where they may be tortured.
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on February 24, 2006]