Organizations Can't Be Sued For Torture

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that organizations cannot be sued for torture under the Torture Victim Protection Act. The decision came in the case of Azzam Mohamad Rahim, who allegedly died at the hands of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO. His family argued that the law, which authorizes suits against "individuals" who commit acts of torture, also applied to organizations. The court disagreed, saying there was no indication Congress intended such an interpretation. NPR has the story