Supreme Court rejects torture victims' suit
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The men said in their suit that they had been tortured in overseas prisons as terrorism suspects. The Ninth
On Monday, the high court denied a petition by the American Civil Liberties
"The Supreme Court has refused once again to give justice to torture victims and to restore our nation's reputation as a guardian of human rights and the rule of law," ACLU attorney Ben Wizner said.
The Obama administration has said it tries to limit state-secrets claims in court cases by requiring a Justice Department committee and Attorney General Eric Holder to agree to each one.
But the ACLU, in its Supreme Court filing, said presidents have increasingly used overblown national security claims to shield "a broad range of official misconduct ... from judicial review."
The Bay Area lawsuit relied on information that has been publicly disclosed, the group said.
The suit by the five men was filed against Jeppesen Dataplan of
The case involves extraordinary rendition, the practice of abducting suspected terrorists and taking them for interrogation to CIA prisons or foreign countries.
A 2007 Council of
One of the plaintiffs gave an account of abuse, including the slicing of his genitals with a razor blade by captors in
In that case,
The case is Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, 10-778.
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