U.S. District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss U.K. Parliamentary Group’s FOIA Suit for U.S. Extraordinary Rendition Program Information

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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Bruce Zagaris


On April 2, 2012, U.S. District Court for D.C. Judge Ricardo Urbina issued a memorandum opinion, granting the U.S. Department of Defense’s motion to dismiss and denying the plaintiffs’ efforts to obtain material pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from various U.S. government agencies concerning the U.S. government’s “extraordinary rendition” program.  The plaintiffs consist of Andrew Tyrie, an elected member of the U.K. Parliament and chair of a group called All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition (the “APPG”), a parliamentary group and a U.S. attorney.[1]

[1]  All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition et al v. U.S. Department of Defense et al, US. District Court for D.C., C.A. No. 09-2375 (RMU), Memorandum Opinion, April 2, 2012.