Rumsfeld Torture Suit
August 4, 2011 by USA Post
The man, whose name is withheld from court records, is a U.S. Army veteran who worked as a translator in the province of Anbar. U.S. I suspected of helping the enemies of Iraq acquiring classified information and helping coalition forces enter anti-Iraq, the AP said that although he was never charged with a crime and says he never broke the law.
Man federal lawsuit claims that Rumsfeld personally approved torture in a case-by-case basis and allow access to U.S. courts. His attorney, Mike Kanovitz Chicago, says the U.S. military did not want his client to reveal information it had acquired in Iraq.
“The U.S. government was not prepared for the rest of the world know about it, so basically put him on the ice,” he told the AP Kanovitz. “If you have no more power to citizens, why not use it?”
Of the Obama Justice Department has represented and argued that Rumsfeld can not be sued personally for official conduct, and that in his opinion, judges can not review decisions in times of war. The government also argues that the case could reveal sensitive information, according to AP.
U.S. U.S. District Judge James Gwin, appointed by Bill Clinton, said U.S. citizens retain their constitutional protections in times of war.
“The Court finds no compelling reason that U.S. citizens in Iraq should or should lose background previously declared due process protections for the continued detention in an area of?? Conflict abroad,” Gwin wrote in a ruling Tuesday.
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