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Court Dismisses Torture Flights Case

Five men who say they were kidnapped and tortured would like to sue a Boeing subsidiary for flying them to their agony, but the Obama administration successfully convinced an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the case. One judge said the court “reluctantly” bought the national security argument.

AFP via Google:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the case in 2007 on behalf of five former detainees who said they were kidnapped, transported to foreign countries and tortured in the custody of foreign governments or the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Judge Raymond Fisher said the case presents a “painful conflict between human rights and national security,” but added that the court “reluctantly” came to the conclusion that the need to protect state secrets here superseded that of the plaintiff to present his case.

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