March 12, 2017

Trump Administration Aims to Prevent CIA Testimony in Torture Lawsuit

The Trump administration is invoking a little-used legal rule, the “state secret privilege,” to keep Central Intelligence Agency officials from testifying in a federal lawsuit about the CIA’s interrogation methods.

The state secret privilege allows the government to withhold evidence from legal proceedings on the basis that the sensitive evidence would put national security at risk. In this case, the Trump administration is hoping to keep top CIA officials from providing testimony in an ongoing lawsuit regarding interrogation methods at a CIA “black site” detention center. Read more.

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State Secrets Privilege Invoked to Block Testimony in C.I.A. Torture Case - NY Times

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