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SCOTUS Rules CIA Black Sites Can Be Treated as State Secrets

HeadlineMar 04, 2022

The Supreme Court is allowing the U.S. government to block two psychologists who orchestrated the CIA’s torture program after 9/11 from testifying in a case in Poland brought by Guantánamo prisoner and torture survivor Abu Zubaydah. Zubaydah, who’s been in U.S. custody since 2002 and imprisoned without charge, had called on CIA psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen to prove he’d been illegally detained and tortured in a CIA black site in Poland. In a 6-3 ruling Thursday, Supreme Court justices said the government has the power to prevent the public disclosure of so-called state secrets that purportedly threaten national security.

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