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Extraordinary Renditions and the State Secrets Privilege: Keeping Focus on the Task at Hand

North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Vol. 33, p. 629, 2008

28 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2008  

Victor Hansen

New England Law | Boston

Date Written: September 22, 2008

Abstract

In this paper I discuss the use of the state secrets privilege in the context of civil suits brought against the United States government and private contractors working for the federal government by alleged victims of extraordinary rendition. The paper focuses on how best to achieve meaningful oversight of the executive's actions and allow the courts to fulfill their important role of providing individuals the opportunity to have their rights vindicated and protected, while at the same time securing legitimate state secrets. I hope that this focus on extraordinary rendition cases may also have broader applicability in other areas where the state secrets privilege is frequently asserted.

Keywords: State Secrets Privilege, Extraordinary Renditions, National Security

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Hansen, Victor, Extraordinary Renditions and the State Secrets Privilege: Keeping Focus on the Task at Hand (September 22, 2008). North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Vol. 33, p. 629, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1272023

Victor Hansen (Contact Author)

New England Law | Boston ( email )

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Boston, MA 02116
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