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CIA 'Secret' Flights - Behind the Shame

CIA 'Secret' Flights - Behind the Shame
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Author: Rui Costa Pinto
ISBN:
978-989-95965-0-4
Published: November/2008
Colection: EDIÇÃO DE AUTOR
Publisher: Exclusivo Edições

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Rui Costa Pinto reveals for the first time what went on behind the scenes of the Government, the media and the courts throughout the journalistic investigation undertaken on one of the CIA’s biggest black operations.

This is a documented account on censorship and the price a journalist has to pay for trying to uncover the truth about classified material such as a State Secret.

The scrutiny of the Information Services was the starting point of a solitary, yet exhilarating, path that made it possible to expose the transport of illegal prisoners through Portugal.

Whilst in Europe it was discovered that leaders and spies alike collaborated with the North Americans, the Portuguese continue to be prevented from gaining access to the truth due to lies and to an enormous mantle of silence.

Independently of the conclusions reached by the Public Prosecutor, “CIA ‘Secret’ Flights – Behind the Shame” is a contribution to uncover the truth, to which the Portuguese are entitled, on behalf of a democracy that is capable of confronting its own phantoms.

 
 
 
 

The origin of my research work, which started during the 15th Constitutional Government led by José Manuel Durão Barroso and Paulo Portas, was the news coverage of the alleged clandestine investigations on politicians and personalities from several walks of life, which gave rise to major public dispute. The publication of the first article was my wake-up call and I became aware of the lack of public scrutiny on the regulation and activity of the ‘Secret Services’ Since then, the top-level successive dismissals, resignations and appointments in the Information Services, as well as the regulation regarding an umbrella organisation – the Portuguese Republic Intelligence System –, fell prey to my journalistic investigation. I published other works to call attention more replacements that were made during the mandate of the 16th Constitutional Government led by Pedro Santana Lopes.

After José Sócrates took up office as prime minister of the 17th Constitutional Government, and even before reaching a conclusion on the transfer of a top-level officer from the ‘secret services’ to his Office – José Almeida Ribeiro – I disclosed the fulminating devastation of the leadership of the SIED, SIS and DIMIL (military information division). The terrorist attacks following the 11th of September of 2001 in New York weren’t sufficient to explain such a revolution in the Portuguese ‘Secret Services’, despite the unprecedented media campaign to magnify the fear and terror. Albeit tolerating, with difficulty, the traditional replacements in critical positions as the succeeding Governments changed, after the election of the socialist majority an unthinkable level was reached that immediately began to be commented upon, secretly at first, behind the scenes of the Government. The degree of havoc was such that, contrary to what was the norm, the leap from that microcosm to the public opinion took place in a very short space of time. Political vulgarity went beyond the limits of democratic tradition.

Control of the Information Services has always been a political aspiration of some leaders. In my opinion, due to their respective personal and political profiles, Durão Barroso and José Sócrates fit perfectly into this piteous desideratum. In fact, one started and the other concluded a change that left the ‘Services’ under the dependence of the prime minister, with the means to undertake any type of action, and I repeat, any type of action.

The personal power project began by being a valid investigation clue but I quickly reached the conclusion that there had to be other reasons for such unbridled control in such a short space of time, which involved the Criminal Police Bodies, among many other State Departments.

There had to be an explanation. But which? (...)


 

 

PREFACE JORGE FERREIRA 9

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE 15

 

INTRODUCTION 19

 

POLITICAL CONTROL 25

 

REVOLUTION IN THE ‘Secret Services’ 33

 

PRISONS, FLIGHTS AND SHIPS 45

 

IN THE NAME OF LIBERTY 69

 

FACES OF CENSORSHIP 81

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND DEPARTMENT OF INVESTIGATION AND PENAL ACTION 93

 

PARTICIPATION AND OMISSION? 113

 

CONCLUSION 127

 

Annexes

 

ANNEX 1 – State Secret Law 140

 

ANNEX 2 – Statutory Law of the Portuguese Republic Intelligence System 146

 

ANNEX 3 – Air traffic form (Lajes and Santa Maria) 158

 

ANNEX 4 – Report on how the Portuguese Information Services operate 160

 

ANNEX 5 – Hearing of Armando Spataro, Milan prosecutor 167

 

ANNEX 6 – Letter from Diogo Freitas do Amaral 216

 

ANNEX 7 – North American “classified” documents 219

 

ANNEX 8 – Last page of the “Diário de Notícias” 224

 

ANNEX 9 – Interview with the “Diário de Notícias” (unpublished) 225


 

 

Rui Costa Pinto, 47 years old.

Journalist.

He attended the Paris Institute of Political Sciences.

He has performed several duties in both the written and spoken Media.
Diário e Semanário
Económico
Diário de Notícias
TDM - Macau
Semanário ‘O Independente’
Revista ‘Visão’

 

 

 


 
 
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