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MIKEMUN
09 Sep 10,, 03:33
Challenge to CIA renditions dismissed
Appeals court rejects suit against Boeing subsidiary that flew suspects

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SAN FRANCISCO Handing a significant victory to the Obama administration, a sharply divided federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Boeing Co.'s role in flying terrorism suspects to secret prisons around the world in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited national security risks in its 6-5 ruling.

The Bush administration was widely criticized for its practice of extraordinary rendition whereby the CIA transfers suspects overseas for interrogation. Human rights advocates said renditions were the agency's way to outsource torture of prisoners to countries where it is permitted practice.

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Updated 76 minutes ago Handing a victory to the Obama administration, a sharply divided federal appeals court dismisses a lawsuit involving the CIA's secret program to imprison suspects abroad. Full story


The New York Times noted that the Obama administration has been pressing broad counterterrorism policies after taking over from the Bush team. The Times cited the placing of a U.S. citizen on a targeted-killing list without trial, the blocking of Afghan detainees' attempts to challenge indefinite imprisonment and the continuing the CIA rendition program.

The lawsuit was filed by five men suspected of terrorism who were arrested shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks and say they were flown to secret prisons where they were tortured.

The men sued Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan in 2007, alleging that the program called "torture flights" by critics amounted to illegal "forced disappearances." They allege that the San Jose-based subsidiary conspired with the CIA to operate the program.

A trial court judge quickly dismissed the lawsuit after the Bush administration took over defense of the case from Chicago-based Boeing an invoked the "state secrets privilege," demanding a halt to the litigation over concern that top secret intelligence would be divulged.


Challenge to CIA renditions dismissed - U.S. news - Security - msnbc.com (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39067928/ns/us_news-security)

dalem
09 Sep 10,, 06:54
I like how Obama and the Dems roundly criticized Bush's handling of terror suspects, but a court ruling in favor of that practice is now a victory for them now that they're in power. O MSNBC, how you guard against partisanship!

-dale

highsea
09 Sep 10,, 18:23
I thought Obama was going to "restore habeus corpus" rights. At least that was one of his campaign promises when he visited Portland.

Jeppesen provides flight planning, weather services, sectionals, etc to pilots. It's not like they had anything to do with designing the CIA rendition program...:rolleyes:

Dreadnought
13 Sep 10,, 18:53
Amazing isint it? And its not the first time he and his cohorts bashed Bush's practices and then adopted them themselves. Nothing more then lip service for votes.;)

astralis
13 Sep 10,, 20:38
well, conservatives should LIKE the way his administration has matured on these national security topics.

gunnut
13 Sep 10,, 21:12
well, conservatives should LIKE the way his administration has matured on these national security topics.

Actually I do like that about Obama's administration. He played the world's media like a fiddle. He says one thing and does another, and there's nothing the media could do. He expanded the use of drone attacks, kept Gitmo open, spied on foreign and domestic sources, and probably a host of other clandestine operations that we have no idea of. The world still thinks he's gonna end the war on terror. Brilliant!!!...I'd say.

Genosaurer
13 Sep 10,, 21:27
well, conservatives should LIKE the way his administration has matured on these national security topics.

Well... it's nice that he chose realism over partisanship, but that doesn't change the fact that he used those topics to score cheap points during the election and then reversed himself once he got into office.

(And of course, not all conservatives agreed with Bush on all national security topics; on those they're probably not thrilled that Obama has decided to become Bush's third term. Warrantless wiretapping, fer'instance.)

highsea
14 Sep 10,, 00:16
well, conservatives should LIKE the way his administration has matured on these national security topics.I kind of doubt that he could find anyone credible (within the nat'l security establishment) that agreed with any of his campaign promises.

astralis
14 Sep 10,, 00:46
which is one reason why i didn't vote for him in 08. but i'm glad, as you should be, that things turned out differently.

highsea
14 Sep 10,, 00:57
Well, I'm glad he didn't pull out of Iraq in 90 days, but honored the SOFA instead.

As to Afghanistan, I just don't see that one working out-I hope I'm wrong.