Court dismisses lawsuit against Boeing Co. unit over “rendition” flights reports

A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a unit of Boeing Co that accused the firm of helping fly terrorism suspects abroad to secret prisons.The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint in May accusing Jeppesen Dataplan Inc of providing flight and logistical support to the US government with at least 15 aircraft on 70 “extraordinary-rendition” flights.

“In sum, at the core of plaintiffs’ case against Defendant Jeppesen are ‘allegations’ of covert US military or CIA operations in foreign countries against foreign nationals – clearly a subject matter which is a state secret,” Judge James Ware wrote in a ruling.

The court “grants the United States’ motion to dismiss on the ground that the very subject matter of the case is a state secret.”

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