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Detainees to Seek Charges Against Rumsfeld

Posted on Nov 10, 2006

A dozen men who were held at Abu Ghraib intend to file charges with Germany’s top prosecutor to seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of the outgoing defense secretary, along with various other top Bush administration officials, over the detainees’ alleged mistreatment.


Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany’s top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called “20th hijacker” and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a “special interrogation plan,” personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.


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By R. A. Earl, November 12, 2006 at 12:04 am Link to this comment
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If these victims need a donation to help with legal costs, let me know. I don’t have much but they’ll get all the help I can muster.

There’s no reason those in the US who are suspected of criminal acts should not be brought to trial… that includes anyone in any position from TOP to bottom.

Tell Rumsfeld to set a good example and give himself up. If he’s “done nothing wrong he’s got nothing to fear.” (Rumsfeld would be the first person to use that line on those being illegally held in his stinking prisons… let’s see how it feels for the shoe to be on the other foot). If convicted, he should have to spend the rest of unnatural life in Abu Ghraib, naked and bent double… and on a live 24/7 webcam where we can all watch him.

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By Sleeper, November 10, 2006 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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I hope they build an air tight case.  I hope we eventually decide whether to extridite these guys so someone can obtain a little justice.

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By L.D., November 10, 2006 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
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YES!!!  I agree with every proposed indictment listed…but they didn’t go nearly far enough up the chain of command.  Hopefully, the new Congress will take it upon themselves to investigate the crimes of this administration, but if they don’t, it is good to know that there is an alternative ready and willing to take up the case.

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