WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of the US government in a case related to participation The Guantanamo detainee is looking for classified information provided by the government.
Abu Zubaida, who was seized in Pakistan in 2002, was once considered a high-ranking member of the al-Qaeda terrorist group. He was tortured while being held in so-called CIA black centers abroad before being transferred to Guantanamo in 2006. Zubaida sought the testimony of two former CIA contractors as part of a Polish investigation into his treatment.
Judge Stephen Breer wrote in an opinion joined by six of his colleagues that the government argued that “Zubaida’s request for identification could force former CIA contractors to confirm the location of the detention site, and that the confirmation itself would significantly harm national security interests.”
“In our view, the government has provided sufficient support for its claim of harm to guarantee the exercise of the privilege,” he said.
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