US won't revive secret prisons case

2011-05-16 17:02

Washiington - The US Supreme Court is refusing to revive a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-September 11 CIA programme that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons.

The appeal asked the court to examine two controversial aspects of the US response to the September 11 2001 attacks, "the extraordinary rendition" programme that sent the suspects to secret prisons and the "state secrets privilege".

The high court has refused several other appeals based on the government's invocation of state secrets to derail lawsuits.