Supreme Court Steps In To Rule on Key CIA Problems

Supreme Court Steps In To Rule on Key CIA Problems

( – The US Supreme Court handles the most serious cases in the country. As the top authority of the judicial system, the high court sees some unusual complaints. One recent case regarding the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is among those anomalies.

The US Supreme Court heard a case on October 6 about a man the CIA had tortured. The case also happens to be about the worst-kept secret by the US intelligence community. Abu Zubaydah, a suspected Al-Qaeda member, has been a prisoner of the US government since 2006, living in the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

The alleged member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group fell to US forces stationed in Pakistan in 2002. From there, CIA representatives waterboarded the man 83 times, confined him to a coffin-sized area for 11 days and used other forms of torture, as indicated by a report the Senate Intelligence Committee that became declassified in 2014. Even though the US/Afghanistan war is over and the US government has never listed any charges, Zubaydah is still a detainee at Guantanamo Bay. Justice Stephen Breyer angrily asked why Zubaydah is still there after 14 years, noting that he doesn’t understand.

The detention of the alleged terrorist wasn’t the main focus of the hearing. Still, it came up as the court weighed Zubaydah’s rights against the government’s need to keep its foreign interrogation location a secret in the interest of national security.

Zubaydah wants the public to know what happened to him during his time in Poland, where the torture happened at a CIA black site. The detainee believes an eyewitness testimony could benefit him in his pursuit of a case in a Polish court.

The court mostly showed deference to national security in regard to confirming Poland as a black site location. Still, officials are walking a tightrope between allowing Zubaydah to testify and the assertion that state secrets may prevent him from doing so.

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