The American Civil Liberties Union in New York announced today - as it predicted it would do earlier in a Seattle Weekly story - a lawsuit is being filed against the Boeing Co.'s Seattle-based subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan, claiming it provided travel services for the CIA's extraordinary rendition (torture-flight) program. Named as the three alleged terrorism suspects who were tortured by the U.S. during the flights and imprisonment in foreign countries, says the ACLU, are Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen, in July 2002 and January 2004; Elkassim Britel, an Italian citizen, in May 2002; and Ahmed Agiza, an Egyptian citizen, in December 2001. Mohamed is currently being held in Guantanamo Bay; Britel in Morocco and Agiza in Egypt.
The lawsuit, which the ACLU planned to file today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, charges that Jeppesen knowingly provided direct flight services to the CIA that enabled the clandestine transportation of the men to secret overseas locations, where they were tortured and subjected to other "forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment."
The lawsuit is aimed at Boeing's Jeppesen International Trip Planning unit in Seattle, which the ACLU claims is a "main provider of flight and logistical support services for aircraft used by the CIA in the U.S. government's extraordinary rendition program."