The hand of an unidentified detainee at ‘Camp 6’ detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (AFP/File photo)

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the location of a CIA black site is a state secret, shutting out efforts by a Guantanamo detainee to obtain information from two former CIA contractors involved in torturing him.

Abu Zubaydah, who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, was seeking to subpoena the contractors, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, in connection with a Polish criminal investigation prompted by a determination by the European Court of Human Rights that he had been tortured in 2002 and 2003 at secret sites operated by the CIA, including one in Poland.

A six to three opinion of America’s highest court said the main issue was whether the information Abu Zubaydah was seeking would force the US to confirm the location of the black site, even though it is widely known to have been in Poland.

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