US appeals court rules lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary by former captives of CIA over "torture flights" can proceed

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28 April 2009

Suit by 5 ex-captives of CIA can proceed, appeals panel rules [USA]

Author: Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times

The president cannot avoid trial of a lawsuit brought by five former CIA captives, who allege they were tortured, by proclaiming the entire case a protected state secret, a federal appeals panel ruled today…The lawyers argued that "the very subject matter" of the allegations that U.S. agents kidnapped and tortured terrorism suspects was entitled to the protections of the president's state secrets privilege…The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the executive privilege claim was excessive and the case could go to trial. The lawsuit by the five alleged torture victims is against Jeppesen Dataplan, a Boeing Co. [subsidiary] accused of complicity in the men's mistreatment for having flown them to secret CIA interrogation sites after they were nabbed abroad by federal agents.

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28 April 2009

[PDF] Binyam Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan

Author: US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[Full text of decision by Court of Appeals overturning lower court's dismissal of lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen over alleged complicity in "extraordinary rendition" flights by the CIA that plaintiffs say led to their being tortured.]

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