The CIA used Icelandic airspace and Icelandic airports when transporting terrorist suspects between countries where torture is allowed reports the Morgunbladid and the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service today.
For the past few years, human rights organizations have harshly criticized the US government for transporting terrorist suspects to countries where torture is allowed in exchange for information during interrogation.
According to information from the Icelandic flight authorities, a CIA plane has landed in Iceland three times since 2002, with up to 24 hour layovers. The airplane came from Copenhagen and continued to Canada.
Frank Aaen, the spokesperson for a Danish leftist party, demanded that the Danish minister of transportation explain why the airplane had landed in Copenhagen on March 7th. The matter has been widely covered in Scandinavia.
According to the Danish National Broadcasting Service a front company for the CIA, Path Corporation, was registered as the owner of the plane. According to the US flight authorities the plane is registered as an experimental aircraft. The plane is a Learjet 35 and holds 10 passengers.
The Icelandic chapter of Amnesty International expressed grave concerns that a US military aircraft, carrying prisoners on it way to a country where torture is allowed, had landed in Iceland.