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Obama’s Foul/Frantic/Failed Attempt to ‘Rendition’ Snowden

First, two important considerations:

From the Oxford Dictionary:

rendition (also extraordinary rendition): The practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.

The second consideration is written by Robert Stevens in a stunning article posted on June 18, 2014 entitled “CIA planned rendition of Edward Snowden”. His article is based on an article published by the Register of the UK.

Mobilising a plane previously involved in acts of rendition in order to seize Snowden would be of a piece with this act of state terrorism and air piracy. It renders null and void the official position of the US government that Snowden should return to the US and where he would face a “fair trial”.

Stevens refers to a dramatic and mendacious statement Obama made to “downplay” the courageous Snowden and his act of whistle-blowing (about the illegal global surveillance organized by the US and UK), which were receiving worldwide support: “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

Stevens writes:

It is now evident that nothing was off the table in the manhunt for Snowden, including his possible illegal seizure using methods that have resulted in the torture and imprisonment, without any trial, of many other innocent people.

The Washington Post, as the Register, cites Stevens, also reveals that there was a desperate scrambling of senior officials from the FBI, CIA, State Department and other agencies at the White House during the weeks after Snowden’s disclosures to GET HIM AT ALL COSTS!!!

This should be of no surprise to anyone at this point, considering that on July 2, 2013, the US arranged to have a jet out of Moscow carrying Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, interrupted and made to endure a 14-hour layover in Vienna just in case Edward Snowden was covertly being smuggled to asylum in Bolivia.

In The Washington Post article by Greg Miller an anonymous official is cited who had attended meetings at the White House organized by Lisa Monaco, a homeland security adviser, during the time of the manhunt for Snowden. This official told the Post: “We were hoping he was going to be stupid enough to get on some kind of airplane, and then have an ally say: ‘You’re in our airspace. Land.’”

The Register article Stevens uses gives a timeline of the covert stalking for rendition of Snowden. Here is some of the fascinating and disturbing background it reveals.

1. On June 23, 2013, Snowden arrived in Moscow on a flight from Hong Kong. Snowden had intended to fly from there to Cuba and then on to Latin America but the Obama administration cancelled his passport.

2. The day after Snowden arrived in Moscow, the Register article asserts “an unmarked Gulfstream V business jet—tail number N977GA—took off from a quiet commercial airport 30 miles from Washington DC.”

3. Again from the Register article: “Early next morning, N977GA was detected heading east over Scotland at the unusually high altitude of 45,000 feet. It had not filed a flight plan, and was flying above the level at which air traffic control reporting is mandatory.”

4. Amateur enthusiasts can track aircraft even when pilots have turned off “automated location data feeds” the Register article goes on. The particular group of “enthusiasts” in the UK that were tracking that special N977GA aircraft already knew of its ominous reputation for rendition kidnappings.

5. This plane on its apparent flight to seize Snowden did not go all the way to Moscow but landed at Copenhagen Airport most likely to await an opportunity for an enforced landing of Snowden's plane and subsequent “rendition”.

6. Stevens explains that it is public knowledge since 2007 that the Danish government had given permission for a CIA rendition flight to cross Danish airspace in October 25, 2003. According to a report last year from the Open Society Foundation called “Globalising Torture—CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition” Denmark is one of 53 nations whose governments assist the US in “rendition operations.” The report also reveals details of “terrible human rights abuses” inflicted on 136 of the known victims of US operations renditions.

Edward Snowden is an American hero. His asylum in Russia helped him avoid not only a kangaroo-type trial of Chelsea Manning now serving 35 years for her heroism, but the evil, torturous extraordinary rendition that the Obama administration apparently had in mind for him and undoubtedly still does -- and maybe the simpler alternative, an Obama kill list assassination?

Stevens also stresses how these revelations of the rendition plot are being deliberately stonewalled by most all of corporate mainstream media.

Yes, this is how Obama and the rest of the corrupt American government along with at least 53 other anti-international law colluding nations would treat a heroic whistleblower.

Would the pro-Obama champions of “lesser evil” have been comfortable with the "extraordinary rendition" of Snowden one wonders?

One thing is perfectly clear, the Obama administration has proven once again it is incapable of remotely acting in “good faith” toward anyone or any country over anything.

[cross-posted on open salon]

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...as more than competent in dealing with the force against him; he knew what would be deployed, and that's pretty obvious by his subsequent actions.
Despite Americas best efforts, he's *relatively* safe in Russia. I think it's likely his visa will be extended. He is an asset to Russia; not because he's spewing information (I don't think he is) but more because of his skills in countering the west's intrusive data collection.
None of what you've said/reported is surprising to me; I figured that was the operative from the first revelation...
As a self exiled expat, I can relate fully to Snowden's dilemma...

Submitted by lambert on

And all the more reason for Assange to stay holed up in the Embassy. Last I checked, Denmark was pretty close to Sweden.

And N977GA is on the list of Rendition Aircraft at Wikipedia....

Adding, the headline is wrong, really; we can't be 100% positive, but the timing is surely so odd it can't be coincidence.

Adding.... we have a Jeppeson Office here in Bangor, which has a military-class runway and a military presence, and is "the first major American airport encountered by airliners approaching the United States from the east and the last for airliners heading towards Europe" (that's why Freddie Laker started out here!)

So, when I see a small unmarked plan very high up, I wonder whether it's a rendition....