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

Raphael, Sam, Black, Crofton, Blakeley, Ruth, Kostas, Steve (2015) 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. ISSN 1364-2987. E-ISSN 1744-053X. (doi:10.1080/13642987.2015.1044772)


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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13642987.2015.1044772
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] The Globalisation of Rendition and Secret Detention
Uncontrolled keywords: rendition; secret detention; torture; CIA; human rights
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: R. Blakeley
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 14:08 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:27 UTC
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