December 13, 2005

...yesterday Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister, refused to say how many times a Boeing 737 and a Gulfstream identified by the Guardian as being used by the CIA - registered N313P and N379P - had landed in Britain. Such information could only be provided at "disproportionate cost", he said. The Department of Transport says it does not need a record of the two aircraft unless they were involved in "civil commercial" operations. It also says it needed no record if the aircraft landed to refuel.

Mr Straw and Mr Ingram yesterday refused to say what MI5 and MI6 knew about such flights, or about "rendering" suspects. It was the government's policy "never to comment on intelligence matters", they said. In an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme yesterday Mr Straw admitted CIA flights came to Britain. Asked if he was saying that aircraft - first identified by the Guardian - were not CIA planes, Mr Straw replied: "I am not telling you that."


Deek Deekster said...

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, says the King James' version of the Bible. Perhaps the Rt Hon J. "My Son Smokes Draw" Straw is coming over all Christian.

The Scrutinator said...

Don't look now, but the EU's in on it, too!

I like your new look and tagline. Sorry it was forced upon you.

Merry Christmas, mate!

DAVE BONES said...

Doesn't suprise me in the slightest. Maybe there is a war on Islam.

Merry Xmas to you too, I was just clicking through your links earlier.

The Scrutinator said...

DB: "Maybe there is a war on Islam."

It seems to be ordinary Muslims attacking the radicals. That seems like a just war.

Indigobusiness said...

Here's my Christmas card to you, Bones.

boudica of suburbia said...

madness. Loved the breakdown of political language they did on the world service though.

Merry Xmas mista bones... I'll have to think of a suitibly political (virtual) present to give you.

xxB :D