The Senate report on the CIA's use of torture after 9/11 doesn't mention North Carolina, but it names 16 detainees who were secretly transported by Aero Contractors planes based in Kinston and Smithfield, the group North Carolina Stop Torture Now said on Thursday.
Eighteen other people who were transported by the North Carolina-based company for the CIA are not listed in the appendix of the report, the group said. Human rights groups and academic investigators in the United Kingdom have compiled information about the 34 detainees, based on flight logs obtained by journalists and other data, and first-person accounts by detainees.
The group is calling for release of the full report and investigation by federal and state authorities into torture-related activities in the state.
"We will put pressure on Sen. Burr to make the entire record of the rendition program available so we can see what our state's role has been and so we can determine which flights originated here and which detainees were involved," said Christina Cowger, the coordinator of North Carolina Stop Torture Now. "We feel like the state of North Carolina owes apologies to the victims and survivors of rendition."
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Sen. Richard Burr, the state's senior Republican senator, is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and will become its chairman in January. North Carolina Stop Torture Now has been appealing to him for months to make the report public.
Aero Contractors was based at the Johnston County Airport in Smithfield and the Global TransPark in Kinston. The company flew detainees to other countries for the CIA on two aircraft, according to news reports and human rights investigators.