Supreme Court refuses to consider ‘torture flights’ case, ending legal battle


Howard Mintz
MercuryNews.com
April 17, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has put an end to a lawsuit over the CIA’s so-called torture flights, refusing to consider a long-running case against a San Jose-based subsidiary of Boeing accused of participating in the operations.

In a one-line order, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a federal appeals court ruling that found the lawsuit could not proceed because of the possibility it might reveal national security secrets. As a result, the ruling stands, derailing an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, the Boeing subsidiary accused of carrying out the flights under a contract with the government.

ACLU lawyers expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision, and the Brennan Center for Justice urged the Obama administration to reconsider its approach to invoking the state secrets privilege in legal battles around the country.

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