WASHINGTON (AP) -- A German man filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming he was held captive and tortured by U.S. government agents after being mistakenly identified as an associate of the September 11 hijackers.
The suit alleges that Tenet and other CIA officials violated U.S. and human rights laws when they authorized agents to kidnap El-Masri, and that his unlawful abduction and treatment were the direct result of an illegal CIA policy known as "extraordinary rendition."
El-Masri tried to come to the US for the news conference, but was turned back by immigration officials. He is still listed on terrorist watch lists.
"Kidnapping a foreign national for the purpose of detaining and interrogating him outside the law is contrary to American values," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "Our government has acted as if it is above the law. We go to court today to reaffirm that the rule of law is central to our identity as a nation."
"The CIA's policy of extraordinary rendition is a clear violation of universal human rights protections," said Steven Watt, the ACLU's primary human rights advisor on the case. "Snatching Mr. El-Masri off the street and hiding him away in a secret prison was illegal under American and international law. Keeping him imprisoned after his innocence was established was immoral by any standard."
This just begs the question, "Why does the ACLU hate America?"