Cleaning Up Torture in North Carolina
In Spring a (not so) young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . . cleaning up the legacy of torture taxi flights from North Carolina. On April 20, 2013, that meant heading out to Smithfield, where a CIA front company called Aero Contractors is barricaded at the Johnston county Airport behind high fences and heavy security.
There I gathered with a dozen or so other steadfast activists, and we went to work. Here are some photos, with explanatory captions.
Aero is a CIA front company that has long been involved in the “torture taxi” business, as disclosed by numerous investigations.
And here’s some of the crew that gathered to make good on our pledge, from left: Christina Cowger, Steve Newsom, Directo or Quaker House in Fayetteville NC, and Peggy Misch of Carrboro.
And here’s Aero’s company sign, in a photo snapped several years ago, which is now well-concealed by several high fences and this woods.
This map shows where Smithfield is in North Carolina.
And More of the crew: at center is Lynn Newsom, Co-Director of Quaker House
Getting Into The Weeds to Get The Trash. There was plenty.
This is just part of the haul — the crew filled something like 20 bags full.
Even Your Humble Scribe Got a Bag Full . . .
There’s more trash to clean up. And as yet, there’s been no accountability for the “War On Terror” torture program that was the ultimate goal of this cleanup effort. So as the sign indicates, we’ll be back.
For more on Aero Contractors and its torture flights, go here and here and here.