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May162011

Supreme Court Declines to Step into Case of Alleged Torture

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the case of five terrorism suspects who say that after 9/11, they were flown by a Boeing subsidiary to secret prisons run by the CIA.

The men sought to sue flight planning company Jeppesen Dataplan in 2007, accusing it of aiding the CIA in flying them to other countries and to secret CIA camps where the men claimed they were tortured.

At the lower court level, both the Bush and the Obama administrations had successfully argued that the case should be dismissed under the so-called "state secrets privilege," which is meant to protect national security information from being divulged in open court. The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a final appeal from the men.

Critics of the lower court decision had hoped the high court would take up the case to narrow the use of the state secrets privilege.

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