It appears the Boeing Co. will continue to have a job transporting sometimes-innocent American prisoners to sometimes-torturous foreign prisons. It's called rendition, and the Obama government says it will continue the Bush adminstration practice of outsourcing terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation. Notes the NYTimes: "The announcement, by President Obama's Interrogation and Transfer Policy Task Force, seemed intended in part to offset the impact of the release on Monday of a long-withheld report by the C.I.A. inspector general, written in 2004, that offered new details about the brutal tactics used by the C.I.A. in interrogating terrorism detainees."
Boeing has been the CIA's travel agent since at least 2003, planning and organizing renditions flights through a unit of its Seattle commercial airplane division. It has made arrangements for as many as 1,000 trips through 14 countries by four CIA planes, one of them a Renton-built Boeing Business Jet. The prisoner flights were first launched by the Clinton administration to transfer foreign suspects to trial in the United States, but became a darker undertaking following 9/11. George W. Bush approved what critics say amounts to the kidnapping of foreign nationals. Obama attorney general Eric Holder insists the flights now will meet "our commitment to the rule of law."