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High Court Rebuffs Alleged Torture Victims in Secrecy Case

The U.S. Supreme Court, refusing to question the federal government’s power to withhold information for national security reasons, rejected an appeal by five men who say the CIA had them shipped to foreign countries to be tortured.

The court today left intact an appeals court decision dismissing their suit against a Boeing Co. unit on the grounds that it would inevitably expose state secrets. The Boeing unit, Jeppesen Dataplan, allegedly provided planning and logistical support for the flights as part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s “extraordinary rendition” program.