US judge tosses deportee's Syrian-torture lawsuit

Citing national security concerns, a US federal judge on Thursday tossed out a civil rights lawsuit brought by a Canadian man who claimed US counterterrorism officials deported him so he could be tortured in Syria. Maher Arar had sued officials in 2004 in what was believed to be the first case challenging extraordinary rendition - the policy of transferring foreign terror suspects to third countries without court approval. In an 88-page ruling, US District Judge David G. Trager in Brooklyn, New York rejected arguments that Arar was protected by the Torture Victim Prevention Act, which allows US courts to assess damages for human rights abuses committed abroad.