Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Supreme Court sides with Bush

clipped from blogs.usatoday.com

This just in from the Associated Press: The Supreme Court has sided with the Bush administration in blocking a lawsuit by a man who claims he was tortured by the CIA.

Update at 10:06 a.m. ET: Khaled el-Masri, a 44-year-old German, claims that he was kidnapped and tortured by American officials who mistook him for a suspected terrorist.

Update at 10:52 a.m. ET: USA TODAY's Joan Biskupic reports that if the justices had taken up el-Masri's petition, it could have clarified the breadth of the government's privilege to withhold information about its tactics in a post-Sept. 11 era. The privilege, as the high court explained in a major 1953 case, allows the government to withhold information if "there is a reasonable danger" that disclosure would threaten national security.

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