Rendition Misson: N63MU, 3-6 Dec. 2002

N63MU, 3-6 Dec. 2002

Rendition of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri from a secret prison in Thailand to a secret prison near Stare Kiejkuty, Poland

Gulfstream IV, operated by Airborne Inc. / First Flight

Route: Washington DC – Anchorage – Osaka – Bangkok – Dubai – Szymany – Warsaw – London Luton – Washington DC

Contracting Network:

US Government / Central Intelligence Agency. Requested a plane to transfer prisoners from a secret site in Thailand to a secret site on a military base near Stare Kiejkuty, northern Poland. Documents filed in legal cases in Poland place both Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri on this flight.

The plane set off from Dulles Airport, Washington DC, passing through Anchorage, Alaska and Osaka, Japan on the way to Bangkok. The prisoners were then transported from Bangkok to Szymany airbase in northern Poland, via a stopover in Dubai. After dropping the prisoners off, the plane flew on to London Luton, where the crew rested overnight before returning to Dulles.

The abuses inflicted on Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri in Thailand and Poland have been copiously documented, not least in the CIA’s own internal “Special Review of Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities” (September 2001 – October 2003) by the Office of the Inspector General.

Prime Contractor DynCorp organized renditions flights and associated missions on behalf of the CIA through their contract LT050602 with Capital Aviation. They paid brokers Capital Aviation and Air Marketing $339,808.83 for 52.3 flying hours, during which the prisoners were picked up in Bangkok and transported through Dubai to the remote Szymany airfield in northern Poland. The plane then returned to the USA via London Luton.

Brokers Capital Aviation and Air Marketing shared brokering services for this trip. They located the plane, a Gulfstream IV with tailnumber N63MU, and paid its operating company, First Flight / Airborne Inc., for flying time and fees. Airborne Inc. charged them $4900 per hour for the use of the plane, and the brokers in turn charged DynCorp $5450.

Airborne Inc. / First Flight were the operating company for N63MU. They invoiced Air Marketing for their flying time and costs.

Universal Weather and Aviation took care of trip planning. As a series of invoices shows, they arranged refuelling, overflight permissions, landing permissions, ground handling services, communications and other fees. They passed these on to the operating company, First Flight / Airborne Inc., after adding an administrative fee.

Many service providers were paid by Universal Weather and Aviation to take care of various aspects of N63MU’s mission. These include: Gozen Air Services (Turkey), T&T Co. (Vietnam), IASS Co. (Philippines, Japan), Kansai Airport Ground Services (Japan), Pt. Sari Rahayu Biomantara (Indonesia), Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka), Government of Dubai, Sultanate of Oman, Presidency of Civil Aviation (Dubai), Signature Flight Support (UK), Andaman Aviation Services (Thailand), Helicopters Cambodia (Cambodia), Far East Russia Aircraft Services (Poland), Asian Business Aviation Services (Taiwan), Honeywell (USA).