The Supreme Court on Monday spurned two appeals involving U.S. treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, barring a Syrian man from suing the United States over alleged torture and blocking the release of images purported to show evidence of a Saudi man's mistreatment.
The justices in both cases left intact lower-court rulings in favor of the U.S. government.
In one case, the court left in place a January 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against a Syrian former detainee, Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko. He had sought to sue the United States for damages stemming from his treatment during seven years at the U.S. facility in Cuba.
Janko says he was tortured and suffered physical and psychological degradation at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2009 after being detained in Afghanistan in 2001. Janko was seeking damages for the way he was treated.
The appeals court said that based on what Congress has directed, courts do not have the authority to hear lawsuits like the one filed by Janko.
Separately, the court handed a victory to the CIA by declining to take up a case in which a Washington-based civil liberties group, the Center for Constitutional Rights, was seeking access to videos and photographs of another detainee, Saudi citizen Mohammed al-Qahtani.
The justices left in place a September 2014 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled the images are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a law intended to facilitate the release of information held by the government.
The appeals court said releasing the images could harm U.S. national security by inciting anti-American sentiment.
This is nothing new, muslims have been sucking money from Americans since the Barbary Coast pirate days. I'm just glad he lost. Janko can try his luck with isis, maybe he can sue them for something.
Why were these lawsuits allowed in the first place? Enemy combatants have no rights in American courts.
I agree, this is the sort of BS that whoever filed and also the Attorneys making money trying to make something outta nothing!!! Those that filed are Domestic Enemies, not one inch of American. It is these Attorneys that need to be deported and stripped of their Citizenship.
Aren't these scumbags considered enemy CONBATANTS? THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS!!!. They should be happy they are still breathing - WITH THEIR HEADS ATTACHED TO THE REST OF THEIR BODIES, as it were. BUT NO - They are Being fed halal and housed and afforded their religious freedoms to stick there butts in the air when they feel the need.
This idiot is STLL alive and getting fatter by the minute. That doesn't tell me he has been abused at all!
How true, how true. What a fool Obama is.
Very few people are ever successful in suing the federal government for anything.. They should try an international court.