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WASHINGTON — A federal court in San Jose, Calif., yesterday dismissed a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union against a Boeing subsidiary for its role in the “extraordinary rendition” program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency. The ACLU had charged that Jeppesen Dataplan Inc. knowingly aided the program by providing flight planning and logistical support services for aircraft and crews used by the CIA to transport terrorism detainees to U.S.-run prisons or foreign intelligence agencies overseas, where they were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques and torture. The government intervened in the case, arguing that litigation of the case would reveal “state secrets” and harm national security. However, the ACLU unsuccessfully countered there was abundant evidence that was already in the public domain, including a sworn affidavit by a former Jeppesen employee and flight records confirming Jeppesen’s involvement. “The court’s decision allows the government to engage in torture, declare it a state secret, and thereby escape any legal scrutiny for its actions.,” said ACLU staff attorney�Ben Wizner. “Depriving torture victims of their day in court to prevent disclosure of information that the entire world already knows only compounds the brutal treatment our clients endured.”

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