Appeals panel denies “state secrets” privilege

New Orleans Times-Picayune

04/28/09

Five men who claim to have been kidnapped and tortured at the direction of CIA agents are entitled to their day in court to expose alleged U.S. government abuse of war-on-terror captives, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday. Both former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama had invoked their state secrets privilege in urging courts to dismiss a lawsuit in which the prisoners detailed interrogations involving beatings, electric shocks and laceration by scalpel.

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