Jeppesen Dataplan torture flights lawsuit


This video from the USA is called ACLU Challenges Jeppesen Dataplan and CIA Rendition.

From the San Francisco Chronicle in the USA:

Torture suit too hot to be heard, U.S. says

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

PST SAN FRANCISCO — A lawsuit accusing a Bay Area flight-planning company of aiding an alleged CIA program of kidnapping and torturing terror suspects threatens national security and is too sensitive to discuss fully in a public courtroom, an Obama administration attorney argued Tuesday.

“The case cannot proceed without getting into state secrets,” Justice Department lawyer Douglas Letter told an 11-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Several judges noted that most of the essential facts of the case have been widely aired – the existence of the “extraordinary rendition” program under President George W. Bush, the five plaintiffs’ accounts of their abduction and torture, and the alleged participation by Jeppesen Dataplan of San Jose – and asked why the case is too sensitive for the courts to hear.

Letter said he could reply only in a closed session. For the record, he said, “the U.S. government will not confirm or deny any relationship with Jeppesen.”

The court met privately with Letter after the one-hour public hearing, a practice that the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union, described as common in cases involving government claims of secrecy.

During the public session, Wizner accused the administration of trying to cover up wrongdoing.

The CIA has engaged in kidnapping and torture and declared its crimes state secrets,” he said. Dismissing the suit without deciding whether the plaintiffs’ rights were violated, he said, would be “dangerous to democracy.”

Omar Deghayes confirms allegations of British collusion in secret detention and rendition: here.

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