In Smithfield, N.C., protesters regularly gather at the small airport to press their demand for an investigation into Aero Contractors, a private company that is rumored to have ties to the CIA and its “extraordinary rendition” program of secret detentions.
Jan. 19, 2012From left, Duane Poole, Valerie Biesack, 15, and Annie O'Neill, 11, hold a sign during a protest at the Johnston County Airport in Smithfield, N.C. Protests have been going on for six years because Aero Contractors, the airport's largest tenant, allegedly was involved in the transportation of detainees held under the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program. The company will not comment, and it is unclear whether Aero is currently involved in running what critics call "torture taxis."Ted Richardson/For The Washington Post
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