Court Approves Torture Suit Against Donald Rumsfeld
March 12, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – In what is being called by some groups a monumental decision in the case of U.S. torture claims, a court has ruled that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can be sued for authorizing torture.
Federal Judge Wayne R. Andersen made the ruling after more than a year of claims by Rumsfeld that he could not legally be charged with his part in authorizing the use of torture due to his status.
His and other high officials claims that torture was Constitutionally sound have been a matter of debate worldwide, with many groups, such as ImpeachBush calling for legal action.
The lawsuit is being filed by Navy veteran Donald Vance, who says he was imprisoned for three months without charge and tortured.
According to the court statement:
“Plaintiffs claim that Rumsfeld informed Major Miller that his mission was to ‘gitmo-ize’ Camp Cropper…. These allegations, if true, would substantiate plaintiffs’ claim that Rumsfeld was aware of the direct impact that his newly approved treatment methods were having on detainees in Iraq…. Based on these allegations, we conclude that plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts to survive Rumsfeld’s motion to dismiss on account of a lack of personal involvement… Accepting at this stage that these treatment methods were in fact used, we conclude that a court might plausibly determine that the conditions of confinement were torturous.”