Torture tort terror

Reason
by Jacob Sullum

09/15/10

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama criticized the Bush administration for its excessive secrecy, noting that it had ‘invoked a legal tool known as the ’state secrets’ privilege more than any other previous administration to get cases thrown out of civil court.’ Obama also promised to end ‘extraordinary rendition’ …. But last week the Obama administration used the state secrets privilege to block a lawsuit by five former captives who say they were tortured as a result of extraordinary rendition. Although candidate Obama surely would have been outraged, President Obama is for some reason less concerned about abuses of executive power...

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