- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1850658501
- ISBN-13: 978-1850658504
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ghost Plane: The Untold Story of the CIA's Secret Rendition Programme Hardcover – 25 Oct 2006
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'An explosive new book provides a rare glimpse into the full extent of the
agency's controversial terror renditions.' -- Time Magazine, 13 October 2006
'Disturbing in the detail of its evidence that outsourcing interrogation
evaded legal issues and led to systematic brutality.' -- Kirkus Starred Review, 19 September 2006
'An impressively detailed investigation that includes original
reporting, public documents and a remarkable number of on-the-record
interviews.' -- Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2006
'Grey managed to acquire unclassified flight-plan records tracking
the movements of the suspected CIA planes around the world.' -- Newsweek, 13 October 2006
About the Author
A freelance investigative journalist and broadcaster, Stephen Grey, 38, is former editor of the Sunday Times' Insight investigative team and has been the paper's home affairs correspondent and a foreign correspondent in South Asia and Europe. He has contributed regularly to the New York Times, the Guardian, the Times, and the New Statesman. Grey won Amnesty International's 2005 media award for 'Magazine Story of the Year'.
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Stephen Grey was recently a runner-up for this year's Paul Foot award for investigative journalism. His citation said:
'Stephen Grey, for his work on the CIA's secret rendition policy, which he first investigated for the New Statesman two years ago and followed up with further revelations in the New York Times and Guardian. The judges admired "a long term, painstaking and immaculate piece of journalism that began with flat denials from the Bush administration and ended with a reluctant admission. A most remarkable victory for one outstandingly dogged journalist against a very mean machine.'
Stephen Grey's book and the revelations of official crookedness that it charts demonstrate that the monstrous apparatus of official secrecy erected to protect indefensible behaviour by governments can still be penetrated by dogged, determined and principled journalism, if the working journalist can rely on the equally courageous support of editors and proprietors (remember Watergate).Read more ›
The CIA runs a system of clandestine prisons holding thousands of kidnapped prisoners, taken from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Germany, Italy, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Zambia, Gambia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia to be tortured in Afghanistan, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Syria, Egypt and Morocco. Grey writes, “the foreign torture cells of Cairo and Damascus and the US jails at Guantanamo and Bagram were part of one interconnected gulag in which prisoners were swapped both between countries but also between the CIA and the US military.”
Grey asked Edward Walker, US Ambassador to Egypt, “When Condoleezza Rice and the president now stand in front of people and say we don’t send people to countries where they torture, are they telling the truth?” Walker replied, “No, they’re not telling the truth.” A CIA official said, “nothing was done without approval from the White House – from Condoleezza Rice herself.”
The Bush and Blair governments talk democracy but support dictatorship. For example, in 2002, the State Department said Uzbekistan ‘routinely’ tortured prisoners, then gave it an extra $180 million aid. Grey points out that the Blair government connived in the renditions and in the use of torture, by using the ‘information’ gained from torturing prisoners.Read more ›
The book covers flights from 1987-2006 that transported prisoners by CIA jets and gives details of 9 of those transported.
A very well written and researched book with 40 pages of notes.
The book questions thee integrity of America, its government and particularly the CIA.
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