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US court dismisses CIA flights case

A US judge…dismissed a lawsuit accusing a subsidiary of the aircraft manufacturer Boeing of helping the CIA to secretly fly suspects to overseas prisons... [The] judge ruled that national security could be threatened if the lawsuit [filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against Jeppesen Dataplan (part of Boeing)] was allowed to proceed…[T]he CIA director… had called for the application of the US government's so-called "state secrets privilege", allowing intelligence agencies to prohibit courts cases using evidence that is said to jeopardise national security…Ben Wizner, an ACLU lawyer, said he would appeal against the decision.

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