From British daily News Line:
Thursday, 30 April 2009
RENDITION CASE PROCEEDS
The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal rejected the Administration’s invocation of state secrets privilege and instructed the District Court to proceed with the case.
The company is said to have supplied crucial logistical support and to have profited from a lucrative contract in transporting prisoners.
The Bush Administration had applied to get the case thrown out on the grounds that, by exposing details of the US renditions programme, the case would jeopardise national security. To the disappointment of human rights supporters, the Obama Administration took the same view.
Although the District Court accepted this argument, the Appeals Court yesterday reversed their decision, stating that it is not acceptable to throw out an entire case for national security reasons.
Rather, Judge Hawkins states that each piece of evidence must be weighed separately as to the ‘danger’ it would pose if made public. The case may then proceed with whatever evidence is safe to be revealed.
‘This is a tremendous step forward in the battle to stop corporations making money from the rendition, torture and suffering of the prisoners we represent,’ said Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve.
Renditions investigator Clara Gutteridge said: ‘It is a relief that the United States’ courts are finally taking these torture claims seriously. However, we are only beginning to uncover the truth of exactly how these torture flights were allowed to happen.
‘It is inconceivable that Jeppesen acted alone. People in the highest echelons of the US – and in some cases the UK – governments have authorised illegal rendition flights and must also be held accountable.’
ACLU reaction to this: here.
A federal appellate court has unanimously reinstated the lawsuit brought by five men against a Boeing subsidiary for allegedly flying them to secret prisons to be tortured as part of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, rejecting arguments by Bush and Obama administration lawyers: here.
Spain and the United Kingdom have already initiated investigations of Bush administration officials over torture — to continue to ignore the mounting evidence of clear wrongdoing is a national humiliation: here.
Dutch involvement in torture flights: here.
Q&A: “Too Many People Don’t Want the Truth on CIA Flights to Come Out”, here.