Appeals court dismisses Boeing-CIA lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO – A sharply divided federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against Boeing Co. that claimed the company flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons around the world to be tortured as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program.

The court cited national security risks in its 6-5 ruling Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed by five terrorism suspects and alleged that Chicago-based Boeing's Jeppesen Dataplan subsidiary in San Jose, Calif., supplied airplanes and flight services to transport suspects for the program.

The Obama administration asked the appeals court to reconsider an earlier decision allowing the lawsuit to continue. The administration said sensitive "state secrets" would be exposed during the litigation.