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Reuters
Thursday, September 9, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — A Boeing Co subsidiary prevailed on Wednesday against a lawsuit alleging it had helped the CIA illegally transport prisoners to secret facilities overseas, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed the lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc, finding that rules protecting state secrets made it impossible for the litigation to proceed. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the case on behalf of Jeppesen.

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A group of plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union claimed that they were tortured in the foreign prisons. An earlier three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit had allowed the lawsuit, but the fuller court voted 6-5 on Wednesday to dismiss the case.

“We … acknowledge that this case presents a painful conflict between human rights and national security,” 9th Circuit Judge Raymond Fisher wrote.

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