The NYTIMES Gets Its Groove Back–For Once

EDITORIAL

Supreme Disgrace

Published: October 11, 2007

The Supreme Court exerts leadership over the nation’s justice system, 

not just through its rulings, but also by its choice of cases — the ones 

it agrees to hear and the ones it declines. On Tuesday, it led in exactly 

the wrong direction.Somehow, the court could not muster the four votes 

needed to grant review in the case of an innocent German citizen of 

Lebanese descent who was kidnapped, detained and tortured in a secret

 overseas prison as part of the Bush administration’s morally, physically 

and legally abusive anti-terrorism program. The victim, Khaled el Masri, was denied justice by lower federal courts, which dismissed his 

civil suit in a reflexive bow to a flimsy government claim that allowing

 the case to go forward would put national security secrets at risk. 

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