ACLU suit charges FBI involvement in “rendition” of US citizen

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Nov. 10 on behalf of US citizen Amir Meshal, alleging that FBI agents were involved in his interrogation and rendition in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia in 2007. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that agents repeatedly threatened Meshal with torture, disappearance, and execution in order to force him to acknowledge ties with al-Qaeda. Meshal was originally detained in Kenya while fleeing fighting in Somalia. After being held in Kenya, Meshal was returned to Somalia and eventually taken to Ethiopia where he was held until his release in May of 2007. No charges were ever filed against Meshal. (Jurist, Nov. 11)

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  1. Court blocks abuse suit against FBI

    A US citizen imprisoned abroad cannot sue the FBI agents who allegedly threatened to torture him, a top federal court ruled Oct. 23. A split ruling from a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declared that the agents were protected from those suits because the actions took place overseas and during a terrorism investigation. It’s up to either Congress or the Supreme Court to determine whether people like New Jersey resident Amir Meshal can file their lawsuits, Judge Janice Rogers Brown concluded—not her court. (The Hill)