Wikileaks: Turkey granted US airbase access for extraordinary renditions

"Turkey allowed the US to use its airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey as part of the 'extraordinary rendition' program to take suspected terrorists to Guantánamo Bay, according to a US diplomatic cable."

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      1. Stooge, you’re right. My head just asploded.

        Wouldn’t a better title be “Fundamentalist Revenge,” because it’s the fundies on both sides of the Crusades divide playing head-for-eye and and limb-for-tooth?

  1. “Turkey allowed the US to use its airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey”

    “allowed”? do we really know that isn’t ‘allow*ing*’?

  2. I’m more surprised Turkey is able to deny specific US activities at Incirlik (as the article indicates they did in Feb 2006.) I always thought it was a US base (albeit on Turkish soil) and that we did whatever we wanted. It was a few years late, but good for them.

    1. It is not a US base in that the US has any claim to ownership or any long term lease (e.g. Guantanamo). It is still sovereign Turkish land. The US might have access under the NATO treaty. In the end though the host nation always has the final say.

  3. Smell that? That’s the smell of a “free press”. It’s like slowly coming to reality after a long daydream.

  4. Rendition flights make no sense. Tens of millions of dollars spent kidnapping and transporting a few startled shepherds across the globe in great secrecy, none of whom have actually been accused of anything.

    In my opinion it is far more likely that rendition flights are actually the main secure transport for the record-breaking heroin production. Air America all over again under our very noses.

    Why else has Guantanamo (a major CIA node) been kept functional well past it’s use-by date?

  5. Because Turkey is known for it’s human rights record?

    I’d assume this was secret to protect the rendition program, not Turkey’s reputation.

  6. In all fairness, that “commemorative” medallion is something that was created by that mint to huck to red-necks, and not something commissioned by the government.

  7. “Extraordinary rendition” refers to the practice of shipping foreign national prisoners, often following extralegal kidnapping by CIA officers, to third nations for detention and interrogation (read: torture). FUNDAMENTAL JUSTICE, however, was the more ordinary rendition of battlefield prisoners to GTMO. Whether GTMO was a good idea or not, this wasn’t extraordinary rendition.

    Two points: first, covert ops of that sort would not ever show up in a SECRET or lower classification document, and almost certainly not in a State cable — wrong agency. Second, we don’t yet have a term for the Obama Administration’s innovation of having AMCITs kidnapped and tortured by client states in order to avoid pesky Constitutional rights. Extra-special rendition, perhaps?

    1. Second, we don’t yet have a term for the Obama Administration’s innovation of having AMCITs kidnapped and tortured by client states in order to avoid pesky Constitutional rights.

      [citation needed]

      1. Gulet Mohamed: Somali-American teenager, held by Kuwait, allegedly tortured, interrogated by USG agents while in custody. No charges filed, recently released after stories in the NYT and other media outlets; currently prevented from returning to CONUS due to no-fly restrictions. Similar events in Sana’a suggest that USG is using other nations with questionable human rights records to detain and interrogate AMCITs who are suspected of terror connections.

  8. To derail further that coin looks like a challenge coin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin) and was probably distributed to folks that took part in the program (in fairness, some of those who took part in the program may have been rednecks as well, but when there are actual awful things going on, calling people names like that seems a bit juvenile)

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