Tuesday, March 01, 2005

ACLU and Human Rights First Charge Rumsfeld Responsible for Torture in U.S. District Court

The ACLU and Human Rights First have filed a lawsuit against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a Northern Illinois U.S. District Court today. They charge that “Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld bears direct responsibility for the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody.” Former government and military officials have joined the lawsuit as co-counsel.

Lead counsel in the lawsuit, Lucas Guttentag says Rumsfeld, “gives lip service to being responsible but has not been held accountable for his actions.” The groups have charged Rumsfeld with violations of the United States Constitution and international laws “prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.”

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