A Johnston County judge has convicted three people of trespassing. But he dismissed charges against five others who were arrested after trying to serve citizens’ arrest warrants against pilots for a private air transport company based at the County Airport in Smithfield. Aero Contractors has been accused by the German government of flying terrorism suspects to countries where they face torture. Lorne Matalon reports the case raises questions about alleged acts that the US government doesn’t want to be formally responsible for.
Each year, the city of Fayetteville, N.C., celebrates All-American Week to honor the military service members who serve at nearby Fort Bragg.
Organizers canceled this year’s event because so many soldiers are deployed overseas, and many Bragg-based personnel have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past few months.
But one event would not be canceled — a memorial for recently fallen members of the 82nd Airborne Division. Even as the service took place Wednesday, other 82nd Airborne paratroopers were getting ready for imminent deployment.