The Fugitive

Justice nearly catches up withDon Rumsfeld.

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of “ordering and authorizing” torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military’s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest.

US embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” for six years.

Under international law, authorities in France are obliged to open an investigation when a complaint is made while the alleged torturer is on French soil.

According to activists in France, who greeted Rumsfeld shouting “murderer” and “war criminal” at the breakfast meeting venue, US embassy officials remained tight-lipped about the former defense secretary’s whereabouts citing “security reasons”.

Anti-torture protesters in France believe that the defense secretary fled over the open border to Germany, where a war crimes case against Rumsfeld was dismissed by a federal court. But activist point out that under the Schengen agreement that ended border checkpoints across a large part of the European Union, French law enforcement agents are allowed to cross the border into Germany in pursuit of a fleeing fugitive.

“Rumsfeld must be feeling how Saddam Hussein felt when US forces were hunting him down,” activist Tanguy Richard said. “He may never end up being hanged like his old friend, but he must learn that in the civilized world, war crime doesn’t pay.”

4 thoughts on “The Fugitive

  1. And heads explode all over wingnuttia, as the Man of Steel flees from the “surrender monkeys.” So much for that meme.

  2. oh, reality is a bitch when you want to vacation in france. you have to live in the non-loving georgie world, and not the love georgie fantasy land of amerika.

  3. Looks like Rummy’s gonna have to share the porch with Kissinger at the Old War Criminals’ Home.
    And it’s gonna suck for Rummy, being the new guy, having to listen to all of ol’ Henry’s rumbling musings.
    “Yes, vell, you boys did an excellent job screwing up Iraq, but I vas breaking Third World countries while you still had a normal-size prostate. Can you claim proxy wars on three different continents, sonny? No? Then why don’t you run to the dispensary and fetch my Viagra. I’m going to score with your mom, and I vant to make sure Little Henry’s up to the task.”

  4. now i hope you all were paying attention here: next time you get rumsfeld in your country, don’t go jumping up and down in his face BEFORE you’ve filed the criminal complaint so he has a change to make his getaway.

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