Sri Lanka touchdown for CIA rendition flight: report

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2011 (AFP) – A billing dispute in New York has revealed details of secret CIA rendition flights that transported terror suspects around the world following the September 11 attacks, newspapers reported. It may have also been used in the rendition of senior Al-Qaeda militant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, who was later waterboarded 183 times in a single month, the Guardian said. The Washington Post, one of a handful of media outlets alerted to the public court documents by a London-based rights group, said they include flight logs and logs of phone calls to CIA headquarters and officials.

The Post said on its website late Wednesday dozens of rendition flights — to locations including Bucharest, Baku, Cairo, Djibouti, Islamabad and Tripoli — were organized by Sportsflight, a one-man aircraft business on Long Island, which secured a plane from Richmor Aviation, which is now suing Sportsflight for breach of contract.

Details including the costs and itineraries of numerous CIA flights have therefore become part of the court record in a proceeding held in an almost empty courtroom, the Post said.

Richmor billed at a rate of $4,900 an hour for the u

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