torture flights

Ostalgie

I’ve been musing about this for a while, and finally took the time to put it together. It’s a long one, but mainly because of the images.

In The Six Thatchers, we are shown Mary’s apparent flight from London, through randomly selected places around the world. Many of us have noticed that elements of this flight are strange; I’m going to discuss some of them here.

First, Mary seems to be selecting her destinations based on (a) three rolls of a die and (b) the selection of a location based on this roll – from this source:

Many of the place names listed here are obsolete. There are references to East Germany (reunited with West Germany in 1990), the USSR (dissolved in 1991) and Yugoslavia (dissolved in 1992). Many of the cities are very old, but Noranda, Quebec, was founded in 1926 and became Rouyn-Noranda in 1986, so that sets the date limits for this source. Most of this period was dominated by the Cold War, which lasted from 1947 to 1991.

Maps and more under the cut.

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How US firms profited from torture flights

Ian Cobain and Ben Quinn, The Guardian, 31 August 2011
The scale of the CIA’s rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate in minute detail how the US contracted out the secret transportation of suspects to a network of private American companies.

The manner in which American firms flew terrorism suspects to locations around the world, where they were often tortured, has emerged after one of the companies sued another in a dispute over fees. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the mass of invoices, receipts, contracts and email correspondence–submitted as evidence to a court in upstate New York–provides a unique glimpse into a world in which the “war on terror” became just another charter opportunity for American businesses.

As a result of the case, the identities of some of the corporations involved in the rendition programme have been disclosed for the first time, along with the names of some of the executives who knew the purpose of the flights.

One unintended consequence may be that some of those corporations and individuals are now at risk of being sued in proceedings brought on behalf of the al-Qaida and Taliban suspects who were the victims of the programme.

The New York case concerns Sportsflight, an aircraft broker, and Richmor, an aircraft operator. Sportsflight entered into an arrangement to make a Gulfstream IV executive jet available at $4,900 an hour rather than the market rate of $5,450. A crew was available to fly at 12 hours’ notice. The government wanted “the cheapest aircraft to fulfil a mission”, Sportsflight’s owner, Don Moss, told the court. But it was the early days of the rendition programme, and business was booming: the court heard that Sportsflight told Richmor: “The client says we’re going to be very, very busy.”

Invoices submitted to the court as evidence tally with flights suspected of ferrying around individuals who were captured and delivered into the CIA’s network of secret jails around the world. Some of the invoices present in stark detail the expense claims that crew members were submitting on their secret journeys, down to £3 biscuits and £30 bottles of wine.

One Gulfstream jet has been identified as the aircraft that rendered an Egyptian cleric known as Abu Omar after CIA agents kidnapped him in broad daylight in Milan in February 2003 and took him to Cairo, where he says he was tortured.

Another invoice, for $301,113 relating to a series of flights over eight days that took the Gulfstream jet on an odyssey through Alaska, Japan, Thailand, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, tallies with the rendition of Encep Nuraman, the leader of the Indonesian terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiyah, better known as Hambali.

Other invoices follow flights that appear to have been involved in the rendition of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man said to have masterminded the 9/11 attacks. After being captured in 2003, Mohammed disappeared into the CIA’s secret prisons, where he was waterboarded 183 times in just one month, according to a US justice department memo. The invoices also show the aircraft flying in and out of Bucharest, where one of the CIA’s secret prisons is now known to have been located. On one occasion, the court heard, the jet flew direct from a European airport to Guantánamo. The court heard that in October 2004 the aircraft’s tail number was changed, to N227SV, after the US government discovered that its movements were being tracked. The following March the aircraft was publicly linked to the Abu Omar rendition.

The documents were discovered by staff at the legal charity Reprieve. Its legal director, Cori Crider, said: “These documents reveal how the CIA’s secret network of torture sites was able to operate unchecked for so many years. They also reveal what a farce it was that the CIA managed to get the prisoners’ torture claims kicked out as secret, while all of the details of its sinister business were hiding in plain sight.”

Richmor was providing the aircraft for DynCorp, a private military company, which was acting on behalf of the CIA. The bills for the operation passed through Sportsflight and a second aircraft broker, Capital Aviation. Portions of DynCorp were sold by its parent company in 2005. The entity that was sold became known as DynCorp International.

The aircraft’s ultimate owner was Phillip Morse, an American businessman with substantial sporting interests who was subsequently appointed vice-chairman of Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns Liverpool FC. In between rendition flights the aircraft was used to fly the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

The court documents make only passing reference to the human cargo being transported. Enough details of the rendition programme generally have now been disclosed to know that men on these flights were usually sedated through anal suppositories before being dressed in nappies and orange boiler suits, then hooded and muffled and trussed up in the back of the aircraft. The precise conditions in which suspects were transported on Richmor flights are not known.

Richmor’s president, Mahlon Richards, told the court that the aircraft carried “government personnel and their invitees.” “Invitees?” queried the judge, Paul Czajka. “Invitees,” confirmed Richards. They were being flown across the world because the US government believed them to be “bad guys”, he said. Richmor performed well, Richards added. “We were complimented all the time.” “By the invitees?” asked the judge. “Not the invitees, the government.”

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Park Jimin
“I found myself falling more in love with you as I grew older.”
You and Jimin were childhood best friends until you had to move away. As years passed and you both aged, the separation between your friendship deepen and you never heard from him again. More than a decade passed and you suddenly stumble upon the man who you never stopped thinking about.
Word Count: 2088
Italics = flashback

Prologue1 | 2 3

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After the torturous flight with Jimin, the plane finally landed and you escorted every passenger before leaving. 

“Good work today, ladies.” Your pilot commended you all like usual. “Maybe a drink tonight? A treat on me.” Your co workers cheered and nodded eagerly. It was a ritual. After a long, successful trip, the pilot offers everyone a drink to thank everyone for their hard work. 

You would have followed like any other night, but not tonight. It was different. You had landed in your old hometown and you wanted to visit your father. That was the plan from the beginning of the flight when you figured out the destination. 

A small part of you wanted to casually bump into Jimin when you were back. You were definitely not expecting to see him on the same flight. You waved goodbye to your cabinet and thanked your pilot for the sweet offer, but kindly rejected him.

“It’s all cool, (Y/N). Remember, our flight back is 4 days from now.” You nodded and pulled your suitcase behind you. Walking down the tunnel, you unraveled your hair from the tight bun. 

Running your hands through your silky hair, you walked out hoping to call for a taxi. “I’d know those luscious locks anywhere.” You spun around to see Jimin leaning against his luggage with a sly grin.

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anonymous asked:

So,,, I love ur international idol and Victor/Yurio hcs, so for some angst (if thats okay) could I ask how they react when, while away on work, they hear their s/o has gone into shock and sent to the hospital? If that's okay!! Thank you very much!!

OMG THANK YOU FOR THIS. I LOVE WRITING ANGST AND HURTING MY OWN HEART. I’ve only had mostly fluffy things and I really love angst and not knowing how things end and stuff like that. I’m glad you like my other headcanons (Which can be read here). Thank you for this request!  (and thank you for being so polite omg tbh some people don’t say please or thank you when requesting things and I’m kind of like ???? manners pls) Also, these headcanons are not like my other ones; they’re not going to be as funny, since they’re angsty.


[Viktor Nikiforov]

  • It’s another night of separation for you and Viktor, and it’s been almost three weeks since you’ve last seen him
  • He’s at your shared home and you’re in Switzerland for a photoshoot of sorts
  • maybe for sexy swimwear???? idk you decide wink wonk
  • He’s getting ready to give you a call to tell you goodnight and how much he loves you
  • But, to his surprise, you call him before he could dial your number
  • He always calls first, so it’s a surprise to him. But he’s noticed how tired and stressed you’ve seemed over the phone the last week, and your ‘i miss you’ texts have multiplied considerably in number
  • Viktor’s surprised expression changes to a knowing smirk real quick
  • “Heheh they must be excited and can’t wait to ‘say goodnight’ to me omg you sexy animal”
  • He answers the call with a “Hey, baby~”
  • But the reaction he is looking for isn’t what he gets at all
  • The way his smirk falls into a devastated expression is worthy of being in a movie
  • but this aint acting; no Oscar for this too-real performance
  • Your manager is who calls him; they say you were walking to your hotel after the photoshoot and a huge crowd of paparazzi came out of nowhere
  • There were no bodyguards around, and your manager was the only one there with you
  • A photographer from the crowd had grabbed your arm and scared you more in the already-stressful situation, and you immediately had a poor reaction
  • Your manager noticed how pale and sweaty you looked, and managed to get you away from the crowd and into a small store
  • Inside the store, your manager barely touched your cold, sweaty hand before you went into psychogenic shock, passing out and falling to the floor
  • The employees of the business called an ambulance when you didn’t respond for a while, and you were still receiving treatment
  • Viktor keeps the phone while he rushes around, packing a bag and getting his jacket
  • He bombards your manager with questions
  • “Are they awake yet? Can I talk to my love? Who’s taking care of them?”
  • He tells your manager to get you a room at the hospital, and that he’ll be there before the sun rises
  • Viktor rushes to the airport and gets on the first plane to Switzerland. The wait for the flight to leave isn’t long, but he’s shaking the entire time
  • He continues to text your phone in hopes that you will answer, but to no avail
  • The entire flight is torture, and he accidentally snaps at a flight attendant who makes a comment about his composure
  • When he finally arrives in Switzerland, he’s able to get to the hospital you’re at quite quickly.
  • He looks like a maniac, frantically sprinting through the halls of the hospital trying to find your room
  • And when he does find you, the sight of your cold, pale skin brings him to tears
  • Seeing your beautiful body lifeless in a hospital bed is too much for him to handle
  • He sits in a chair next to you and holds your hand while he sobs into the blankets covering you, murmuring apologizes about not being there and for not protecting you
  • After a few hours of crying, he notices the natural light has changed in the room
  • He looks out the window at the bright pink sunrise, holding your limp hand in his warm one
  • Viktor knows you need to rest, but he just wishes you were awake to see it

[Yuri Plisetsky]

  • Yuri is sitting alone in his room with his music blasting into his ears
  • He’s being all pouty and cute because he misses you while you’re away
  • He really tried get his schedule to work out, but it just couldn’t happen this time :(
  • You were in France to shoot a designer perfume commercial, but Yuri had to stay back due to his skating
  • The phone ringing interrupted his brooding, but a less-annoyed expression crossed his face when he saw that it was you calling
  • When he answers the phone and it’s not you, he gets angry
  • Your manager tells him in the phone call that you came into contact with your allergen by accident
  • The lunch you had on set contained the allergen, and you immediately went into anaphylactic shock
  • The crew immediately called an ambulance, and your manager did the best they could to keep you breathing and calm for as long as possible
  • It was difficult to keep calm, since people were panicking in trying to get a grip on the situation
  • By the time the ambulance had arrived, you were barely capable of breathing on your own and your face had swollen significantly
  • Your manager said you are currently in a room at the hospital, and you responded well to the treatment
  • Yuri’s anger really set in when your manager told him you hadn’t woken up yet, and the incident had happened almost six hours earlier
  • “This happened six hours ago, and you didn’t bother to even give me a hint that something was going on? You really are a piece of shit.”
  • When your manager apologizes,Yuri promises to see them in a few hours and hangs up the phone
  • Yuri marches through the airport with his quickly packed luggage, and gets on a full-service flight to France
  • He scowls the entire trip, and even glares at the flight attendant that gives him his complimentary cookie
  • In France, he takes a taxi to the hospital you’re at without leaving a tip for the driver
  • Before heading up to your room, he stops at the convenience store to get you some gifts and himself a snack
  • Yuri comes into your hospital room with a bunch of balloons and a kitten stuffed animal in his hands
  • When he sees you in the hospital bed and on oxygen, he can feel his heart split in half
  • He carefully sets the balloons in a corner and takes a seat in the chair next to your bed
  • The kitten stuffed animal is carefully placed on your stomach, and Yuri gently moves your arm so you’re cuddling it against your body
  • He can’t help but smirk to himself about how cute you would look if you weren’t at a hospital recovering from a near-death experience
  • The blank expression on your face and beeping of monitors hooked up to you haunt him; they make him want to be sick
  • He wants to be sad, but he can’t control his anger once your manager enters the room
  • Yuri stands up from his chair and charges at your manager, pinning them against the wall with his forearm across their chest
  • He stands on his tiptoes and yells right into your manager’s face
  • “You shithead! You are such an incompetent fuck! This is your fault! You know about their allergy! This wouldn’t have happened if you would’ve done your fucking job right! Once this is all over and (Y/N) is back home safe, you’re going to be out of a fucking job, because I’m going to fire you!”
  • He then grabs the collar of your manager’s shirt and shoves them out of your room before quietly closing the door behind them, making sure not to wake you while you rest
  • Yuri takes his seat beside you and holds your hand, letting a few tears of anger and sadness fall down his cheeks
  • Oh, how he wishes you would wake up, so he can see your beautiful smile again
  • It’s only been a day or two, but it feels like an eternity since he’s last seen it

The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain’s role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.

The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: “We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”

Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the UK government has held discussions with the US about what it intends to reveal in the report which, according to al-Jazeera, acknowledges that the British territory of Diego Garcia was used for extraordinary rendition.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/02/britain-diego-garcia-faces-exposure-over-links-to-cia-torture-flights

here’s my wip on flamecaller, who’s name and gender I got wrong… as I usually do with every single deity apparently XD

I can’t wait till I finish these guys so I can move on to my own ideas. I don’t even know why I decided to do this. I’m torturing myself.