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Supreme Court Rejects Hearing for CIA Torture Victim

Supreme Court Rejects Hearing for CIA Torture Victim
The CIA kidnap and torture victim Khaled El-Masri has lost an appeal to have his case tried in US court. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said it would not take up El-Masri’s appeal of two lower court rulings rejecting his case. The Bush administration had invoked the so-called ‘state secrets’ privilege to deny Masri a trial. Masri was seized in Macedonia and flown to Afghanistan where he was held in a secret prison and tortured. In December 2005, two years after his abduction, Masri described his ordeal.
    Khaled El-Masri: “They took me to a room. I had handcuffs and I had a blindfold and when the door was closed I was beaten from all sides. I was hit from all sides. I then was humiliated and I could hear that I was being photographed in the process when I was completely naked. Then my hands were tied to my back. I got a blindfold and they put chains onto my ankles and a sack over my head and just like the pictures we have seen from Guantanamo for example.”
Masri was committed to a German psychiatric facility earlier this year following an arrest on arson charges. Attorneys say his kidnapping and torture has left him a ‘psychological wreck.” The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up Masri’s case in the United States. Reacting to the Supreme Court denial, ACLU staff attorney Ben Wizner said: “The Court has provided the government with complete immunity for its shameful human rights and due process violations.”

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