Navy Accused of Aiding "Terrorist Make a Wish" Program
Neither the CIA nor a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon would comment on this story. John Hutson, the Navy JAG's top lawyer from 1997 to 2000, who retired as a Rear Admiral, said he was not familiar with NELO.
The Navy Engineering Logistics Office (NELO) for the "occasional airlift of USN (Navy) cargo worldwide," may allow benevolent use of aircraft to transport radical-leaning terrorists to countries where their native tongues are spoken fluently.
According to an AP report here, NELO contracts 33 planes, including two Gulfstream luxury jets, a small Cessna, three huge Lockheed Hercules cargo planes, a Gulfstream 1159a, a Lear Jet 35A, a DC-3, two Boeing 737s, and a 53-passenger DeHavilland DH-8 to make the suspects fashionably comfortable. Emphasis added.
Former officials claim that between 9-11 and March 2005, 100 to 150 suspected terrorists have had their travel assisted on such flights. CBS's "60 Minutes" quoted a former Swedish diplomat who said suspects were stripped (deloused), shackled and drugged (seatbelted and given airsickness medication) by masked men (flight surgeons) before being flown to Egypt, where they were subjected to "electric torture," (modern ethnic music). Parenthetical remarks by M.E.
Although some of the suspected terrorists complained of inconvenient reservations and poor beverage service, most were so pleased by the accomodations that they gave valuable Al-Qaeda name, address and contact info to their personal translators.
Another good job, Navy! (If the Navy ever admitted this benevolent program exists, people would say they are terrorists just to get free flights). Sometimes there is a very good reason for denial.