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NC No Torture Interfaith Prayer Vigil – Johnston County

October 1, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

You’re invited to an interfaith gathering to remember the victims of the CIA’s rendition and torture program.  The vigils will offer an opportunity to hear speakers from several faith traditions, meditate and to join with fellow citizens who believe North Carolina has a responsibility to call for transparency and accountability for those who were transported using state facilities and to ensure this dark period in history never repeats.

Aero Contractors, headquartered at the Johnston County Airport, was responsible for secretly rendering at least 49 people between 2001 and 2004.  The rendition experience included beatings, being stripped, diapered, drugged, and loaded onto Aero’s jets for flights to torture sites. There, detainees were subjected to water torture, prolonged painful stress positions, sexual humiliation, and much more  N.C taxes provided the two airports in Smithfield and Kinston that were home to the jets and their personnel.

The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) will release its report on the morning of September 27, 2018. The seminal report is released after an 18 month inquiry and renews the call for a governmental investigation into these illegal and immoral activities.

The NC Council of Churches “NC No Torture” project and NC Stop Torture Now encourage you to attend and add your voice to those supporting transparency and accountability and ensuring North Carolina is not used to facilitate torture and abuse.  


October 1, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Johnston County Courthouse
212 East Market Street
Smithfield, 27577
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