USA: Lawsuit against Boeing unit Jeppesen over "torture flights" - Govt. argues case should be dismissed

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10 February 2009

Obama Backs Off a Reversal on Secrets [USA]

Author: John Schwartz, New York Times

In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration seemed to surprise a panel of federal appeals judges on Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration. In the case, Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian native, and four other detainees filed suit against a subsidiary of Boeing [Jeppesen] for arranging flights for the Bush administration’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which terrorism suspects were secretly taken to other countries, where they say they were tortured.

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8 February 2009

SJ [San Jose] Aviation Firm Faces Rendition Aid Lawsuit [USA]

Author: KPIX TV CBS 5 [USA]

Five men who claim they were tortured in overseas prisons after being sent there by the CIA will ask a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco on Monday to reinstate their lawsuit against a San Jose aviation company. The lawsuit claims that Jeppesen Dataplan Inc. of San Jose, a subsidiary of Boeing Co., violated international human rights law by knowingly providing flight plans and other logistical support for the CIA plane flights that took them to overseas sites where they were allegedly tortured while being interrogated.

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