San Jose Peace & Justice Center
(Nov. 15, 2011 from ACLU Blog)...Four victims of extraordinary rendition are demanding justice in a case against the US government that the ACLU is taking to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The suit seeks an apology for and acknowledgment of their forced disappearance and torture. The case also challenges the U.S. government’s misuse of the “state secrets” privilege in its effort to block the victims’ cases for redress from being heard in U.S. courts. The government used the “state secrets” privilege to persuade U.S. courts to dismiss the case previously brought in the federal courts by the ACLU on behalf of the same victims against San Jose-based Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc., a flight logistics company that facilitated CIA “torture flights” across the globe.

The Inter-American Commission case offers another opportunity for Mohamed Bashmilah, Binyam Mohamed, Bisher al-Rawi, and Abou Elkassim Britel to have their day in court, and for the United States to finally acknowledge and apologize for their abduction and years of secret detention and torture.  Check the ACLU web site for continuing developments on this case.  

 


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