Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse (Time)
In a release from the Center for Constitutional Rights, the group has announced that they plan to file a lawsuit in Germany where the courts have â€˜international jurisdictionâ€™ against now former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld on charges of war crimes. The group will be filing the suit on behalf of a group of Iraqi detainees as well as another prisoner currently being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Regarding the suit that will be filed, the president of the CCR, Michael Ratner, had this to say, “The former secretary actually authorized a series of interrogation techniques. They included the use of dogs, stripping, hooding, stressed positions, chaining to the floor, sexual humiliation and those types of activities.” He added, “I think it’s important not just for the personal accountability of Rumsfeld but really to put the United States back into what I consider the letter of law,”
This is not the first suit filed against Rumsfeld by the CCR. Two years ago, the group tried to file a suit in Germany against Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet and other senior officials for the revealed torture of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq but the suit was dismissed by the courts after German prosecutors successfully argued that the case had nothing to do with Germany nor itâ€™s citizens. The CCR is hoping for better luck this time.