"If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear - never to see them again - you send them to Egypt." - Former CIA agent Robert Baer
The CIA calls it "extraordinary rendition". It's bureaucratic shorthand for a policy that is anything but routine. The policy in question: The secret transfer of terrorism suspects to detention facilities outside the United States. Outside – to be more precise - the protection of international and U.S. law.
This BBC documentary Mystery Flights, presented in Link TV's special investigative series Spotlight, reveals how a British resident from Ethiopia ended up in a prison in Morocco; how a German car dealer was kidnapped in Macedonia and flown out to Afghanistan, and what role an old, disused runway in Poland played in the darker side of the war on terror.
Spotlight is a Link TV weekly presentation of investigative reports from around the world. Commentary is provided by prominent authors and journalists. This episode is hosted by Lakshmi Chaudhry, who has been a reporter and editor for independent publications, including Mother Jones and AlterNet, for over six years. She is currently a senior editor at In These Times.