Persona Non Grata

From Holden:

As I noted two weeks ago, the Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a complaint with the German federal prosecutor alledging that war crimes were committed in Iraq by ten senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Former CIA Director George Tenet, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Dr. Steven Cambone, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, Major General Walter Wojdakowski, Major General Geoffrey Miller, Brigadier General Janis L. Karpinski, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry L. Phillabaum, Colonel Thomas Pappas, and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen L. Jordan.

Now Rummy is threatening to bail out on a scheduled trip to Germany if authorities there investigate CCR’s charges.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is considering calling off a planned visit to Germany early next year after a US human rights organisation asked German authorities to prosecute the Pentagon chief, a news report said.

The weekly Focus news magazine said on Monday Rumsfeld has informed the German government via the US embassy he would not take part at the Munich Security Conference in February should there be any indication of an investigation.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint last week with the Federal German Prosecutor’s Office against Rumsfeld accusing him of war crimes and torture in connection with detainee abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.


According to the Focus report, the prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe is examining the roughly 170-page complaint to see if an investigation is warranted.

The Belgians folded under intense pressure from the U.S. last year when war crimes charges were filed against Tommy Franks. Hopefully the Germans, with their history, are made of sterner stuff.