The Obama administration is almost as bad as the Bush administration in pushing for secrecy powers. It opposed attempts by former prisoners of the CIA to sue over their torture in overseas prisons because it might expose secret government information. In a 6-5 ruling, a sharply divided federal appeals court agreed with the administration this week, overturning a decision last year by a panel of three circuit judges allowing the former prisoners to sue. But the dissenting judges noted that even if there were state secrets that needed protecting, the plaintiffs weren't given the chance to make their case in court using nonsecret evidence including a sworn statement by a former employee of Jeppesen Dataplan, a Boeing subsidiary, about the company's role in "torture flights." And they warned that secrecy protections shouldn't be used to shield the government from allegations of "gross violations of the norms of international law."