Torture is illegal in the United States. But several government and International reports say that the US would fly terrorism suspects to other countries where U-S law doesn't apply. And now a group of activists is presenting evidence that some of those planes used to carry suspects to torture were kept right here in North Carolina.
At the Johnston County Airport southeast of Raleigh records show a private company stored and operated a Gulfstream V jet nicknamed by human rights activists the "Guantanamo Express." And further west in Kinston, they've also had a Boeing business jet stored at the state development project Global TransPark. Both planes are the subject of a two day hearing in Raleigh in front of the North Carolina Commission Of Inquiry On Torture, a non-government group looking into our state's connection to torture. Witnesses presented flight logs they say correspond with the transfer of prisoners proving the planes carried CIA black-site prisoners to torture. The kind of torture that's too graphic to describe on t-v according to international activist Sam Raphael.
"In the words of one interrogator he was brought to the verge of death and back," he said.
Several local professors have reviewed the data and are convinced also like UNC School of Law Professor Deborah Weissman.
"It's pretty much beyond question at this point," she said. "We don't want to return to a time where we can just exterminate people. torture people. Cause grave human rights violations and not think about what our obligations are. because we just tumble into a world that is chaotic and cruel."
The group says they've asked the company who owns those planes to join the discussion as well as the CIA, but the group says neither responded to the request for comment.