Supreme Court Throws Out CIA Torture Case

SUPREME COURT (AP) -- A lawyer for a German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA says the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case will "shatter all trust in the American justice system."

The court today rejected the appeal from Khaled el-Masri. The decision effectively endorses the administration's arguments that if the case were to proceed, state secrets would be revealed.

El-Masri is a German citizen of Lebanese descent. He says he was mistakenly identified as an associate of the 9/11 hijackers, and that he was detained while trying to enter Macedonia at the end of 2003.

He says CIA agents stripped, beat and shackled him, and flew him to Afghanistan, where he was held for four months in a CIA-run prison. He says once it was determined that he was the wrong man, he was dumped on a hilltop in Albania and told to walk down a path without looking back.

The suit named former CIA chief George Tenet and others.

El-Masri's claims prompted strong international criticism of U.S. actions. The U.S. government hasn't confirmed or denied el-Masri's account.

His lawyer says the U.S. expects other nations to act responsibly, but won't take responsibility for its own actions.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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