Saturday, August 22, 2009

First Rendition Under Obama: Bizzare

A Lebanese citizen being held in a detention center was hooded, stripped naked for photographs and bundled onto an executive jet by FBI agents in Afghanistan in April, making him the first known target of a rendition during the Obama administration.

Raymond Azar was flown to the United States for a case involving inflated invoices.

In court papers, Azar said he was denied his eyeglasses, not given food for 30 hours and put in a freezing room after his arrest by "more than 10 men wearing flak jackets and carrying military style assault rifles."Azar also said he was shackled and forced to wear a blindfold, dark hood and earphones for up to 18 hours on a Gulfstream V jet that flew him from Bagram air base, outside Kabul, to Virginia.


  1. Rendition to serve as a warning to other military contractors? Bizarre:

    A tip of the hat to EPJ!

  2. Azar had the misfortune of not working for a deep pocketed American firm.

    Chiquita Brands paid a $25 million fine for sponsoring terrorism in Columbia. No rendition.

    The Carlyle Group and energy JV Riverstone Holdings paid a combined $50 million to make a pension bribery case disappear. No rendition.