The Department of Justice has asked a U.S. District Court to throw out a case brought by the ACLU against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan for their complicit role in the CIA's extraordinary rendition. The DOJ's request is on the grounds that such a case would expose government secrets and will harm national security.
The ACLU contends that Jeppesen Dataplan should be held liable for the logistical aid it provided for flights carrying kidnapped men from Afghanistan who were then tortured in prison. According to Jeppesen's web site, the company,
...deliver[s] solutions that integrate people, processes and technology to
deliver safety, efficiency and economy to air, sea and rail operators around
whatever that means.
The DOJ's attempt to have the case thrown out is criticized deftly by the ACLU in their press release,
The whole world knows about the ‘extraordinary rendition’ program and the
government’s invocation of ‘state secrets’ in this case is just another cynical attempt by the administration to cover up an illegal and immoral program.
Historically, the ‘state secrets’ defense has been used to exclude discrete information in cases that may contain sensitive national security content. However, with increasingly regularity, the current administration has invoked the defense as a means of dismissing entire cases seeking accountability for illegal practices and policies it has implemented in the name of national security.
Isn't it convenient that these "state secrets" protect both illegal inhuman treatment and corporate bank accounts!?