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The Supreme Court refused to give a hearing to a German man who says he was wrongly abducted, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA in a case of mistaken identity.


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Sam H (410)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 9:11 am
Just in case the story disappears!

High court won't hear appeal of apparent CIA victim

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 9, 2007

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court today refused to give a hearing to a German man who says he was wrongly abducted, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA in a case of mistaken identity.

Khaled Masri sued the CIA two years ago and sought damages for his five-month ordeal in a U.S.-run prison in Afghanistan.

But Bush administration prosecutors said his lawsuit should not be heard because it could expose "state secrets," and two lower courts ordered it dismissed.

He appealed to the Supreme Court and argued that the government was using the state secrets doctrine to cover up its wrongdoing.

Without explaining their reasons, the justices said today that they would not hear his appeal in Masri vs. United States.

More than 50 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that some evidence could be shielded by the government to protect the nation's security, but the justices have not clarified the reach of that doctrine.

Masri's case has gotten wide attention in Europe, and it has been the subject of a continuing investigation by the German government. Two years ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that U.S. officials admitted that Masri "had been erroneously taken."

The mistake apparently arose because his name was similar to that of a wanted terrorist, Khalid Masri, who was said to be a member of Al Qaeda's Hamburg cell.

Masri, a car salesman, was on vacation when he was taken off a bus that had crossed the border into Macedonia. His passport was confiscated, and he was questioned for more than three weeks.

In late January 2004, Masri said he was blindfolded, taken to the airport and turned over to U.S. authorities, who flew him to a prison in Afghanistan. He says he was beaten and tortured by men who wore masks and were dressed in black.

He also says U.S. authorities would not permit him to contact the German Consulate. After several months, the CIA apparently realized it had made a mistake, and Masri was returned to Europe. But rather than return him to his home in Germany, he was dropped off at night on a hillside in Albania.

Upon his return to Germany, he obtained a lawyer and filed the lawsuit against the United States.

Sam H (410)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 9:19 am
That is simply a license to imprison and torture innocent people with absolute immunity.

Bruce Combs (468)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 1:20 pm
And we're going to hear worse and worse from the Supremes for a long time! They are lifers, you know, and already have amounted to Cheney clones. Humanity the world over will lose, 5-4 on every damn vote.
Courage, Peace, etc., Bruce

MsR S (189)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 1:40 pm
Truly sca.a..ry. I wish I could think..."It's just a Halloween prank".

Meenakshi Sharma (124)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 1:48 pm
Good that he filed a lawsuit!! US has been denial all the time of tortures!! Like their policies of lies what would you expect coming out of White House!! So what we mada a mistake why they do not say about the Iraq War, Afghanistan War and are they going to go after Iran now? It is mistake or gee we forgot!!

Rebecca Forste (475)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 1:49 pm
Justice inverted, indeed!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 2:25 pm
If only Bush were going to care about the US citizens who'll now be treated badly by other countries they visit....

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 2:52 pm
Yes, I had posted a story about this man a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe the Supremes are SUCH COWARDS!

Michele R (53)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 3:14 pm
But Bush administration prosecutors said his lawsuit should not be heard because it could expose "state secrets," and two lower courts ordered it dismissed.

Doris N (245)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 3:18 pm
Democracy, indeed... to be exported... God help us all!

Stephen Hannon (203)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 3:55 pm
I noted this case shortly after Kahled Masri was released from custody. Originally he said he was not going to file a law suit, but apperenty changed his mind, and filed the suit anyway.

There is no doubt that Bush met with the Supreme torturers and told them they could not hear his case as it was a matter of state secrets that were involved in his abduction. I have one word for the Supreme Court:

We should download the Jefferson's Manual and file the articles of impeachment for the entire Supreme Court. Maybe that will wake them up. If you'r thinking they cannot be impeached you are wrong. They can it has been done by a man named Lawless who filed agianst a federal judge and he won the case. I forget the year he filed but it was in the late 1700s

Jennie B (14)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 4:18 pm
The Supremes are in the pocket of the Bush Administration-you can expect NO JUSTICE from them...their idea of justice is the same as Bush's and that should tell you something. Noted.

David Gould (155)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 4:36 pm
Kahled Masri is one lucky man. At least he was released albeit in a remote spot in the middle of the night when the cowards let him go.

Spare a thought for the many who lanquish in the concentration camp run by the USA that is Guantanamo Bay. Here many many people have been illegally kidnapped and flown by special rendition flights round the globe, tortured, beaten, starved, deprived of sleep, humiliated, had their religion reviled. And still no sign of a charge, a hearing nor an apology. All in all Kahled has got off lightly at the hands of the US CIA (Criminals In Action).

Edwin Purcell (178)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 6:29 pm
The excuse that it would harm our national security if this guy was able to bring this case to court is interesting. What could this guy know that would threaten our country if revealed? He was only looking for $75,000.00 in damages, you'd think somebody would just say "here, go away".. I think that the way it would affect "national security" is that it would call attention to the fact that we have an outlaw government. It would enhance true national security, but it would make our leaders feel less secure.

Edwin Purcell (178)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 6:31 pm
I just posted a comment and it disappeared.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 8:08 pm
At class today, several students noted the US is now hated, feared and despised by a large segment of the population of all Eruopean countries, and Canada. South America, we already know hates us, and Africa is too busy killing and being killed to hate anyone except their immediate oppressors, just yet. Oh, yeah, and Middle East, they hate us too. If they only knew how closely Bush identifies with their harsh ways, they'd probably ask him to help them overthrow the world. But, Bush being Bush, ... he'll want to do that all on his own.


Joycey B (750)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 8:24 pm
Noted. Thanks Sam.

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 10:55 pm
Sam, thank you for posting the text of the article,
as I was not able to log into

Eric, you are so right! 98% of the world is so
angry at America right now, they wouldn't piss
on us if we were on fire. They'd just stand back
and laugh. And y'know what?
I wouldn't blame them, not one little bit.

Thank you for this post, Sam.

Doris N (245)
Wednesday October 10, 2007, 5:23 pm
One correction, please - the rest of the world doesn't hate ordinary decent American citizens, we are worried for you and feel with you. When Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich went to the Middle East they heard about it everywhere, nobody was hateful, rather: people were friendly and sent messages of friendship to the Americans - Dennis and Elizabeth were amazed! Now stop to think: just as you can distinguish between a dictator and the people he oppresses in an other part of the world, so the rest of the world can see what's going on in the US. Don't go around feeling hated by others who don't hate you at all - all over the world ordinary decent people know that ordinary decent people in every country love peace and neigbourliness, and just want to go about the things that really matter - and making war is NOT one of them - but what really matters for you and your nearest and dearest is to stay safe and healthy and a chance to go on making your contribution to a better world to the best of your ability. Isn't it so?
Imagine all the people, living life in peace.... it's easy if you try...

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 5:05 pm
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