Well this is good news for our ability to deal with the evil bastards who kill innocents.
By a six-to-five vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing an earlier decision, dismissed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging flights for the C.I.A.’s “extraordinary rendition” program, as it is known. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of five former prisoners who say they were tortured because of the program – and that Jeppesen was complicit in their treatment.
Judge Raymond C. Fisher described the case as presenting “a painful conflict between human rights and national security.” But, he said, the majority had “reluctantly” concluded that the lawsuit represented “a rare case” in which the government’s need to protect state secrets trumped the plaintiffs’ need to have any day in court.
Notice too that this was the Ninth Circuit one of the most liberal in our system making the ruling. Now this was a six to five ruling and the majority was so heartbroken by their requirement not to neuter the Executive Branch that they actually required the government to pay the plaintiff's legal fees. Oh and if you actually read the ruling it doesn't say rendition is legal, just that you can't sue about it because important secrets would inevitably come out. But hey, I'm not gonna let that influence me.
We have enemies hiding all over the world. It is a necessity for us to be able to go scarf them up and then take them somewhere for some serious questioning, which we no longer do. I give the Obama team credit for continuing to uphold the right of the Executive Branch to do what is required to keep all of us safe. That is not always a pleasant process and it is one that belongs in the shadows on the dark side not being adjudicated by bleeding heart lawyers anxious to splatter us with whatever shite they can dredge up or make up.
And that is one thing that has come through in the bulk of cases where torture has been alleged, the terrorists follow their training and come up with all kinds of heinous things nobody did to them. Now I'm not going to claim that no one ever got abused by some of the folks we turned these guys over to, I'm just gonna say I don't care.