In 2006, the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a civil action that had been brought by Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, against a group of defendants that included former CIA director George Tenet, as well as various corporate defendants. El-Masri contended that he had been detained and interrogated in violation of rights under the Constituion and international law. The district court found that the suit could not proceed, because it posed an unreasonable risk that privileged state secrets would be disclosed. On March 2, the Fourth Circuit affirmed that decision.
The case is El-Masri v. United States, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 4796.