1. HISTORIC DECISION

    CIA Tortured Terror Suspect

    Policemen escort handcuffed defendant Khaled El Masri, center, into a courtroom of the court in Memmingen, southern Germany, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.  The German man who claims he was kidnapped and tortured by CIA agents has been sentenced to two years in prison for attacking the mayor of his home town. The state court in Memmingen convicted Khaled el-Masri of bodily harm on Tuesday for the attack last September on Neu-Ulm Mayor Gerold Noerenberg, who suffered a broken finger and an eye injury. (AP Photo/dapd, Felix Kaestle)

    Felix Kaestle/dapd, via AP

    Khaled el-Masri was tortured by the CIA, the European Court of Human Rights determined Thursday, in a landmark judgment. The ruling was unanimous: el-Masri, a German citizen, was wrongly detained, sodomized, shackled, and beaten in front of Macedonian state police. Macedonia was also found guilty of secretly imprisoning, torturing and abusing el-Masri, who was suspected of terrorist affiliations. The court’s decision was the first time the CIA’s treatment of terror suspects has been deemed as torture.

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