U.S. Firms Flew Terror Suspects

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U.S. corporations made profits off the process known as extraordinary rendition (the program, enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, of flying terrorism suspects to secret CIA prisons where they were often tortured), as a mass of invoices, receipts, contracts, and other correspondence recently submitted to a New York court revealed. As a result, some corporations and individuals may be able to be sued on behalf of al Qaeda and Taliban suspects who were victims of the program. Sportsflight, an aircraft broker, and Richmor, an aircraft operator, are at the center of the New York case; invoices submitted to the court are detailed down to showing $5 cookies the crew members ate on the flights. The aircraft provided by Richmor were ultimately owned by Philip Morse, an American businessman who was later named vice chairman of the Fenway Sports Group—and who would use the aircraft between flights to transport the Boston Red Sox.