Memphis law office implicated in CIA rendition flights

[JURIST] An unassuming law office outside of Memphis, Tennessee has been implicated in a Spanish investigation [JURIST report] into whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] has secretly flown terror suspects to other countries for intense questioning and perhaps torture. The law office of Douglas R. Beaty is listed in Tennessee state records [text] as having the same business address as Stevens Express Leasing Inc., which investigators working for Spain's Interior Ministry [official website in Spanish] say leased planes to the CIA that may have been used for flying terror suspects to other countries, stopping over on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Beaty is also listed as a registered agent and assistant secretary for Stevens Express Leasing. When asked about his business, Beaty denied being involved in the CIA's alleged use of "extraordinary rendition," - the practice of moving suspects to third countries - asserting that "All I do is real estate." AP has more.

 

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