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Aiding and abetting

February 6, 2007

The Norwegian contracting company Aker Kværner has been heavily involved with the so-called Operation Enduring Freedom. According to Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, the company provided fuel for the American prisoner flights to Guantanamo from 1998 to 2004.

In the disclaimer on the profile page on this site, I have stated that I will use the Norwegian language in articles quoting Norwegian language sources. On certain occasions, however, I find it necessary to write in English to tell the world about particularily disgusting, shocking or apalling acts carried out in Norway or by Norwegians abroad. This is one such occasion.

Enduring captivity

The controversial Norwegian journalist Erling Borgen has discovered five contracts which makes Aker Kværner responsible for fuel delivery to all ships and military vehicles on the Guantanamo military base, together with American oil company Willbros. The contracts also asigns to Aker Kværner the task of refueling the aircraft of Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Enduring Freedom. This includes the secret and very controversial flights bringing prisoners to torture and indefinite imprisonment at Guantanamo.

Nothing unusual

According to Dagbladet, Aker Kværner finds nothing unusual in these tasks, and can not understand that the contracts should be seen as controversial. Aiding and abetting the US Military in the illegal imprisonment and severe mistreatment of prisoners, denying them the right to trial or any hope for the future might not be unusual for Aker Kværner. In fact, it is not the first time the company receives harsh critisism for their involvement at Guantanamo. On January 12., Dagbladet reported that Norwegian law firm Stabell & Co. had found that Aker Kværner’s involvement at Guantanamo was in breach of Norwegian law. Stabell & Co., acting on behalf of the Norwegian branch of Amnesty International, concluded that the company could probably be prosecuted for aiding and abetting the US Military in their torture of the prisoners. If being an accessory to torture, and, according to one of the best known law firms in Norway, violating Norwegian law, is not controversial to Aker Kværner, what on earth is?

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