Friday, May 19, 2006

National Security Trumps Constitution - As Usual

Justice TS Ellis, a district court judge in Virginia has dismissed the case of German citizen Khaled al-Masri against George Tenet and the CIA. Al-Masri alleges that he was kidnapped in Macedonia in 2003 and flown to Kabul Afghanistan, where he was tortured.
"The judge did not rule on the truth of the allegations, but said letting the case proceed might endanger security.
Rights group the American Civil Liberties Union brought the case on behalf of Mr. el-Masri - who was never charged with any terrorist offences."

As we keep seeing in these cases there was no useful information obtained by these heinous methods, and any chance of dealing with el-Masri if he was a terrorist was negated by the torture.

The rest, from Raw Story:

Judge Dismisses Torture Suit

Why is it that the magic words 'national security' always seem to trump the Constitution and Bill of Rights in America? I thought the Constitution was the supreme law of the land. I guess it's like the musical group The Supremes after Diana Ross left. They were kinda The Supremes, but not really.


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