This Comment analyzes the expansive holding of Mohamed. Part I discusses the history of both the state secrets privilege and the Totten bar. Part I also addresses the history of the extraordinary rendition program as well as two recent US circuit court cases, Arar v. Ashcroft and El-Masri v. United States, that involved both extraordinary rendition and the state secrets privilege. Part II details the factual and procedural background of the Mohamed litigation, the arguments put forth by both the plaintiffs and the intervening US government in their briefs, and the majority and dissenting opinions. Part III argues that the Mohamed majority inappropriately expanded the Reynolds state secrets privilege to render it essentially equivalent to the Totten bar.
Over Before it Even Began: Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan and the Use of the State Secrets Privilege in Extraordinary Rendition Cases,
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