Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A sure-fire way for the government to stop any lawsuit

US Supreme Court
Originally uploaded by dbking.
I'm thunderstruck at this development. Okay, perhaps I'm not thunderstruck, but I'm very disappointed.

From Robert Barnes at the Washington Post:
The Supreme Court declined yesterday to open U.S. courts to a German citizen who said he was abducted, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA because he was mistakenly identified as a terrorist.

The government had invoked its "state secrets" privilege and said there was no way for Khaled el-Masri to bring his lawsuit, or for the government to defend itself, without the disclosure of information that would endanger national security.
So, if I'm reading this correctly, the federal government can do something illegal and then just claim "state secrets" and the person who was wronged just has to suck it up.

Yeh, that sounds like the American way.

I'm disgusted.

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