CSC flights: Romania 2004-5

CSC’s Romania missions unveiled

In November 2005, after the Washington Post first discussed the existence of secret prisons in Europe, Human Rights Watch revealed that “CIA airplanes traveling from Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004 made direct flights to remote airfields in Poland and Romania”. Investigations by the Council of Europe and European Parliament in 2006 and 2007 provided further information about renditions to and from these countries.

In 2008, however, an inquiry conducted by a Romanian Parliamentary Commission led by MEP Norica Nicolai concluded that it was impossible to find any evidence of Romanian involvement in the CIA black site programme.

In December 2011, Associated Press and ARD Panorama revealed that former US intelligence officials had identified the location of a CIA prison in central Bucharest, “hiding in plain sight”. AP wrote: “The Romanian prison was part of a network of so-called black sites that the CIA operated and controlled overseas in Thailand, Lithuania and Poland. All the prisons were closed by May 2006.”

Reprieve’s Renditions Inc. investigation has now uncovered multiple failures by the Romanian Parliamentary Inquiry. Despite reviewing 4000 documents over two years, the inquiry mysteriously failed to notice key suspicious flights into and out of Romania organised by renditions contractor Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

The following are among the flights ignored by the Romanian inquiry: