Premier Executive Transport Services

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Premier Executive Transport Services
Premier Executive Transport Services Boeing 737-700 KvW.jpg
Boeing 737-700 of PETS in Frankfurt, Germany, on 11 January 2003.
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Fleet size 1 Gulfstream V and 1 Boeing 737

Premier Executive Transport Services was an airline listed as Foreign Corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is alleged to be a front company for the Central Intelligence Agency.[1][2] According to investigative journalists the company does not have any offices or premises, and searches of public records for identifying information about the company's officers have yielded only post office boxes in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.[3][4]

Premier Executive Transport Services has apparently owned two planes, both with permits to land at U.S. military bases:[5] a Gulfstream V with the tail number N44982 (formerly N379P and N8068V), and a Boeing 737 with the tail number N313P (now N720MM and owned by MGM Mirage.[6]) These planes are reported to have been involved in the CIA's extraordinary rendition program,[7][8] in which suspected terrorists are transported to black sites for interrogation and, allegedly, tortured.

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  1. ^ Grey, S. (2006). Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-36023-1.
  2. ^ Paglen, T. and Thompson, A.C. (2006). Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights. Melville House Publishing. ISBN 1-933633-09-3.
  3. ^ Stockman, Farah (29 November 2004). "Terror suspects' torture claims have Mass. link". Boston.com. 
  4. ^ "C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights", New York Times, 31 May 2005
  5. ^ Whitlock, Craig (25 July 2004). "A Secret Deportation Of Terror Suspects". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ "N720MM MGM Mirage Boeing 737-7BC(BBJ) - cn 33010 / ln 1037". 14 December 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Priest, Dana (27 December 2004). "Jet Is an Open Secret in Terror War". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ "Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and 'disappearance'". Amnesty International. 5 April 2006. Archived from the original on 5 September 2016. 

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