Human Rights v. National Security

The New York Times reports that a divided Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that former prisoners held by the C.I.A. in foreign detention could not sue the C.I.A. for alleged torture, where government secret information could be compromised by a trial. The ruling expands the executive branches “secrecy powers.”

A quote from the article:

“Judge Raymond C. Fisher described the case, which reversed an earlier decision, as presenting “a painful conflict between human rights and national security.” But, he said, the majority had “reluctantly” concluded that the lawsuit represented “a rare case” in which the government’s need to protect state secrets trumped the plaintiffs’ need to have a day in court.”

Full Article: “Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A.”

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