Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Human Rights: Ticket for Torture - 'State secrets' court cover-up for CIA prisons?

The US Supreme Court recently refused to hear the case of an airline accused of providing planes for the controversial "extraordinary rendition program," a refusal that some have called a cover-up for torture and secret prisons.

The appeal asked the court to examine the practice of terrorism suspects allegedly being transferred to secret CIA prisons abroad for interrogation and, some claim, torture. The terrorism suspects sued Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan in 2007 for transferring them to prisons around the world where, they claim, they were tortured. The high court has refused several other appeals based on the government's invocation of state secrets to derail lawsuits.