The public airport, located east of Raleigh, is the headquarters of Aero Contractors Ltd., a private aviation company that has allegedly provided aircraft for the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program. The controversial program involves detaining suspects and transporting them outside of the United States to undergo enhanced interrogation.
Caison gives tours of the airport property to show the location of Aero’s hangar and the increased security around its entrance. She is a founding member of N.C. Stop Torture Now, a grassroots coalition created in 2005 and dedicated to raising awareness for North Carolina’s participation in the extraordinary rendition program.
“We want accountability at the top for torture and we want the practice of extraordinary rendition stopped,” she said.
The program began in the early 1990s and saw an increase in activity after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
In 2014, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a study on the use of enhanced interrogation by the CIA from 2001 to 2009.
Caison said the study makes no mention of the extraordinary rendition or Aero Contractors. The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, released an abridged version of the 6,700-page study detailing the “abuses and countless mistakes” made by operatives in the eight-year period.
The findings show that at least 119 known detainees were kept under harsh living conditions and subject to techniques such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding.
Burr’s office declined to comment.