For Immediate Release
Rachel Myers, ACLU National, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of Northern California, (415) 621-2493 x374
ACLU In Court Tuesday In Extraordinary Rendition Case
Government Claiming "State Secrets" To Have Case Against Boeing Subsidiary Thrown Out
SAN FRANCISCO - The
American Civil Liberties Union will be in federal appeals court in San
Francisco on Tuesday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. PST to argue that a
lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. for its role
in the Bush administration's unlawful "extraordinary rendition" program
should go forward. The government has repeatedly misused the state
secrets privilege in an attempt to have the case thrown out. To this
day, not a single victim of the Bush administration's torture policies
has had his day in court.
The ACLU and the ACLU of Northern
California brought the lawsuit in May 2007 on behalf of five men who
the CIA kidnapped, forcibly disappeared and secretly transferred to
U.S.-run prisons or foreign intelligence agencies overseas, where they
were interrogated under torture. The lawsuit charges that Jeppesen
knowingly participated in the forcible disappearance and torture of the
men by providing critical flight planning and logistical support
services to the aircraft and crews used by the CIA to carry out their
"extraordinary rendition." The Bush administration intervened in the
case, improperly asserting the state secrets privilege to have the
lawsuit thrown out, but in April a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the government can only
invoke the state secrets privilege with respect to specific evidence –
not to dismiss an entire suit. The Obama administration's appeal of
that decision will be now be heard by an en banc panel of 11 judges.
Arguments in Mohamed, et al. v. Jeppesen,
the ACLU's lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan for its
role in the Bush administration's "extraordinary rendition" program.
The government is appealing an earlier ruling allowing the case to go
Ben Wizner, staff attorney for the
ACLU National Security Program, will argue before an en banc panel of
11 judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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