Posted by: quiscus | September 3, 2011

September 3, 2011

“Contract With Atrocity: Flying With the Torture Profiteers

The Guardian reports on a remarkable case uncovered by the legal rights charity Reprieve: private contractors who flew American Terror War captives to torture hellholes around the world coming to blows in court over a grubby dispute over expenses.

Money is essential at every stage of the operation: pay, provisions, transport, technology, on and on — at every step, someone is making money, directly or indirectly, from the process.

The pilots and bigwig owners of the air charter companies have long claimed they “didn’t know” the true purpose of the flights they were being paid for. In like fashion, the train drivers and railway executives who were paid to transport Jewish “invitees” to Auschwitz and other centers of enhanced interrogation and indefinite detention claimed they too didn’t know, for sure, what happened to their “cargo” once it was delivered. They had no moral responsibility, it had nothing to do with them; it was just business.

When the profit motive is your ruling motive, your ultimate concern, there is very little you won’t do, in the end, for money. Especially if that activity is “legitimized” by your government, overtly or covertly, and countenanced, actively or passively, by the society around you. This is even more true in a society like modern America, where profit is the organizing principle, the supreme value, overshadowing — and undermining — all others … and where the clear, overwhelming evidence of horrendous atrocities and systematic state crime has been met with overwhelming indifference.”


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