Tracking rendition aircraft as a way to understand CIA secret detention and torture in Europe

Raphael, S., Black, C., Blakeley, R. and Kostas, S. 2016. Tracking rendition aircraft as a way to understand CIA secret detention and torture in Europe. International Journal of Human Rights. 20 (1), pp. 78-103. doi:10.1080/13642987.2015.1044772

TitleTracking rendition aircraft as a way to understand CIA secret detention and torture in Europe
AuthorsRaphael, S., Black, C., Blakeley, R. and Kostas, S.
Abstract

We examine how the tracking of rendition aircraft has provided a much fuller understanding of the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation programme. In particular, we show how this illuminated the role played by European states. Through various investigative methods, new rendition aircraft were identified, significant amounts of flight data were gathered, and data on all known and suspected rendition flights were collated into one public, searchable database. We show that examining logistical elements of covert programmes can prove fruitful for security and human rights research. Furthermore, we demonstrate the benefits of close academic–practitioner collaboration in the field of human rights.

Keywordsrendition, secret detention, torture, CIA, human rights
JournalInternational Journal of Human Rights
Journal citation20 (1), pp. 78-103
ISSN1364-2987
Year2016
PublisherRoutledge
Publisher's versionRaphael_et_al_2015_published_version.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13642987.2015.1044772
Web address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13642987.2015.1044772
Publication dates
Published in print2016
Published19 Jun 2015
Published online19 Jun 2015

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