Rummy in the Dock

From Holden:

The ACLU and Human Rights First are suing Don Rumsfeld on behalf of eight detainees tortured in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s truly sad that a civil suit is the only way justice may be sought when senior officials sanction war crimes. Where are the courts, the prosecutors – where is congress? This is so clearly an injustice but with the Torture Party in power there is no rule of law in this country.

Human rights lawyers will file a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of eight men who say they were tortured by U.S. forces in custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, sources familiar with the case said.

The lawsuit charges that officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government shoulder ultimate responsibility for the physical and psychological injuries sustained by the men while in American custody.


The case will be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First in U.S. District Court. The two groups scheduled a news conference later on Tuesday to announce details.


“The men represented in the lawsuit were incarcerated in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they were subjected to torture and other cruel and degrading treatment, including severe and repeated beatings, cutting with knives, sexual humiliation and assault, mock executions, death threats, and restraint in contorted and excruciating positions,” the two groups said in a statement.

None of the eight men was charged with a crime, the groups said.