Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Did Khaled el-Masri Hoax Newsweek?

In its normal melodramatic style, Newsweek reports about nefarious doings by the CIA:
Feb. 28 issue - Like many detainees with tales of abuse, Khaled el-Masri had a hard time getting people to believe him. Even his wife didn't know what to make of his abrupt, five-month disappearance last year. Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was taken off a bus in Macedonia in south-central Europe while on holiday on Dec. 31, 2003, then whisked in handcuffs to a motel outside the capital city of Skopje. Three weeks later, on the evening of Jan. 23, 2004, he was brought blindfolded aboard a jet with engines noisily revving, according to his lawyer, Manfred Gnjidic. Masri says he climbed high stairs "like onto a regular passenger airplane" and was chained to clamps on the bare metal floor and wall of the jet.
And, of course the story is proved because "previously unpublished flight plans" confirm the comings and goings of the plane owned by Premier Executive Transport Services. How could el-Masri know unless everything he says is true?

But wait, leftist terrorist-sympathizers have been suspicious of Premier Executive Transport Services for years. In fact, as the Washington Post reported last year:
According to airport officials, public documents and hobbyist plane spotters, the Gulfstream V, with tail number N379P, has been used to whisk detainees into or out of Jakarta, Indonesia; Pakistan; Egypt; and Sweden, usually at night, and has landed at well-known U.S. government refueling stops.
In their haste to subvert America's anti-terrorism efforts didn't it occur to anyone at Newsweek that el-Masri just might have been privy to their supposedly heretofore "unpublished" data?

Via The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler