United States v. Abu Zubaydah

A Supreme Court case in which the government has invoked the state secrets privilege over testimony about the torture of Abu Zubaydah

On August 20, 2021, the Knight Institute joined an amicus brief filed by the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School in the case of United States v. Abu Zubaydah. The case involves a request by Abu Zubaydah for permission to obtain the testimony of two former CIA contractors involved in his torture in Poland.

The amicus brief argues that Abu Zubaydah’s torture in Poland is not a secret and that the state secrets privilege may not be used to suppress judicial proceedings concerning that fact.

Status: Argued on October 6, 2021. The audio is available here.

Case Information: United States v. Abu Zubaydah, No. 20-827 (S. Ct.).

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