I won’t hold my breath waiting for this story to turn up on Fox News:
On September 24, 2007, a Florida based Gulfstream II jet aircraft, number N987SA, crashed in the Yucatan. As it turns out, not only was the plane used on at least three CIA rendition flights from Europe and the United States to the Guantánamo torture chamber, but it was loaded with tons of cocaine when it went down.
El Nuevo Herald reported (Avión usado por la CIA y la DEA traficaba drogas) that the CIA plane was loaded up with 3.3 tons of coke in Medellín, Colombia, and was used to ferry “hundreds of delinquents,” including alleged members of the Taliban, to Cuba for waterboarding and other specialties.
The reason I’m skeptical that American media will pick up on this story? This is the second time in the last two years that a plane connected to the CIA has been caught in Mexico with tons of coke on board, and we’re still waiting for mainstream media reports of that bust.
In April of last year 5.5 tons of cocaine were discovered on a DC9 (N900SA) flight which originated in St. Petersburg, flew to Venezuela, to Colombia, and then on to Mexico, where it was busted by ordinary Mexican foot soldiers at a rural airport in Cuidad del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula.
This flight too originated at the St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport… Having your city’s airport host a major player in international drug trafficking would be big news in most cities. But seemingly sleepy St. Petersburg must have a lot more going on than normal burgs, because the news hasn’t made it yet–even in the business section!–in the St. Petersburg Times, or been featured in the newsroom of the St. Pete-Clearwater Int’l Airport website.
If St. Petersburg’s newsrooms won’t pay attention to what’s happening in their own backyard, I doubt editors in New York or D.C. will find this story newsworthy — especially since it raises some very uncomfortable questions about what our government is up to.
Missing videos of CIA interrogations may be small potatoes — or a red herring.