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Torture charges for Rummy

Fed court to hear ‘landmark torture case’ against Rumsfeld

In a press release issued today, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that a “landmark” case against Donald Rumsfeld will be heard in federal court this week.

The ACLU and another legal rights organization, Human Rights First, are to appear in court here on Friday “to argue that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is directly responsible for the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody,” said the release.

“The hearing will be the first time a federal court will consider whether top U.S. officials can be held legally accountable for the torture scandal in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the release continues, adding that the lawsuit was first filed in 2005 “on behalf of nine Iraqi and Afghan former detainees.”</i>

Don’t hold your breath on Rummy actually getting charged or anything, but it does bode well that at least its reaching the courts.

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