Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Supreme Court protects thuggery

In case you have any illusion that your freedom will be upheld in U.S. courts ... if they can do this to an innocent German citizen, they can do this to an innocent U.S. citizen; the Bill of Rights doesn't differentiate between citizens and noncitizens: Link

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A German citizen who says he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA lost his appeal on Tuesday when the Supreme Court refused to review a decision dismissing the case because it would expose state secrets.

Attorneys for Khaled el-Masri, a German of Lebanese descent, argued in the high court appeal that his lawsuit did not depend on the disclosure of state secrets and that it should be allowed to go forward in U.S. court ...

Masri said he was abducted by Macedonian authorities on December 31, 2003, while on vacation. After 23 days, he was handed over to a CIA team and flown to a CIA-run secret prison near Kabul, Afghanistan, he said.

Masri said he was beaten, interrogated and held as a terrorism suspect, even though CIA officials quickly determined his innocence. He said he was flown to Albania and released on May 28, 2004.

A federal judge and then a U.S. appeals court dismissed the lawsuit because it threatened to expose government secrets, including how the CIA supervises its most sensitive intelligence operations.

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Anonymous John Newman said...

It's quite simple, the Constitution is unconstitutional.

5:26 PM  

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