Supremes Won’t Hear CIA Torture Suit

Earlier dismissals rested on concerns about national security

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 9, 2007 3:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Supreme Court declined today without comment to hear the case of a German citizen who claims he was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA. Lower courts had dismissed Khaled el-Masri's case on the grounds that a trial would expose state secrets. German authorities have said the US acknowledged abducting Masri, but American authorities haven’t admitted any role in the incident.

Masri says he was kidnapped in Macedonia in December 2003, abused by the CIA in Afghanistan, and then dumped on a Albanian hillside in May 2004, the Washington Post reports. The ACLU pushed his case, arguing that the administration is abusing state secrets privileges. For his part, the solicitor general called the suit an “extravagant request.”

German-Lebanese Khaled El-Masri waits prior to the session of the parliamentary investigation committee on the activities of Germany's secret service in Berlin in this June 22, 2006 file photo. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, terminated a lawsuit from a man who claims he was abducted and tortured...
German-Lebanese Khaled El-Masri waits prior to the session of the parliamentary investigation committee on the activities of Germany's secret service in Berlin in this June 22, 2006 file photo. The Supreme...   (Associated Press)
German of Lebanese descent Khaled el Masri poses for a photo in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005.  El Masri, who claimed the CIA kidnapped and tortured him in an Afghan prison has been detained on suspicion of arson, police said Thursday May 17, 2007.  Khaled el-Masri, 43, was...
German of Lebanese descent Khaled el Masri poses for a photo in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005. El Masri, who claimed the CIA kidnapped and tortured him in an Afghan prison has...   (Associated Press)
Khaled el Masri poses for a photo in Stuttgart, Germany in this Dec. 6, 2005 file photo. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, terminated a lawsuit from a man who claims he was abducted and tortured by the CIA, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments that state secrets would...
Khaled el Masri poses for a photo in Stuttgart, Germany in this Dec. 6, 2005 file photo. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, terminated a lawsuit from a man who claims he was abducted and tortured...   (Associated Press)
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