Eggs Benedict

David Miliband’s statement
Miliband’s apology over ‘rendition’
Miliband admits US rendition flights stopped on UK soil

UK apology over rendition flights
Government admission on rendition a ‘huge embarrassment’, say critics

In full: CIA statement on renditions
Political fall-out from rendition

Extraordinary admissions
Embarrassed Miliband admits two US rendition flights refuelled on British soil
Official apology after CIA ‘torture’ jets used UK base

The British Government announced today that the United States recently provided information on rendition flights through Diego Garcia-a UK territory in the Indian Ocean-that contradicted earlier data from us.

Our government had told the British that there had been no rendition flights involving their soil or airspace since 9/11. That information, supplied in good faith, turned out to be wrong.

In fact, on two different occasions in 2002, an American plane with a detainee aboard stopped briefly in Diego Garcia for refuelling.

Neither of those individuals was ever part of CIA’s high-value terrorist interrogation program. One was ultimately transferred to Guantanamo, and the other was returned to his home country.

These were rendition operations, nothing more. There has been speculation in the press over the years that CIA had a holding facility on Diego Garcia. That is false. There have also been allegations that we transport detainees for the purpose of torture. That, too, is false.

Torture is against our laws and our values. And, given our mission, CIA could have no interest in a process destined to produce bad intelligence.

In late 2007, CIA itself took a fresh look at records on rendition flights. This time, the examination revealed the two stops in Diego Garcia.

The refuelling, conducted more than five years ago, lasted just a short time. But it happened. That we found this mistake ourselves, and that we brought it to the attention of the British Government, in no way changes or excuses the reality that we were in the wrong.

An important part of intelligence work, inherently urgent, complex, and uncertain, is to take responsibility for errors and to learn from them. In this case, the result of a flawed records search, we have done so.

The CIA employs Woody Allen to write statement on rendition. Turns out he’s got heartburn.


4 Comments on “Eggs Benedict”

  1. Gargantua, old chap, it’s an utter delight &mdash well, perhaps delight is the wrong word &mdash let’s just say it’s a fucking learning experience to haunt your site. How do you do it, man? How do you look this shite in the eye day after day and not want to draw a straight razor across your throaty bits?

    thepoliticalcat, slouching off to hide in a dark corner

  2. Oh, fuck, I got so vershmacked there, I forgot to close me italics.

  3. g4rg4ntu4 says:


    re: looking shite in the eye, I could ask you the same question. Where are you from? Your vernacular would lead me to believe you are from the same part of the world as I am. And kudos for listing the ISB among your favourite bands. They’re at the very top of my list too (damn it, I should really update my profile page).

    I really dig your blog old fruit. It’s tagged as a favourite in my feed aggregator. Props to Jon Swift, without whom I’d never have found your great blog. BAD works!



  4. Badtux says:

    To be fair, the U.S. doesn’t really consider Diego Garcia to be British soil, given that its airbase there is basically 100% American. It doesn’t surprise me that some nitwit in the Bush Administration would look at the rendition flights, say “nope, none of them landed in the British Isles”, and then make the bone-headed move of saying “nope, we aren’t using British soil for this.” Just more of the same ignorance of world geopolitics that resulted in the invasion of Iraq and the fumbling of its aftermath…

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