Thursday, August 4, 2011


You've probably already seen this:

An American former military contractor who claims he was imprisoned and tortured by the US army in Iraq has been allowed by a judge to sue the former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld personally for damages.

The man, an army veteran whose identity has been withheld, worked as a translator for the US marines in the volatile Anbar province when he was detained for nine months at Camp Cropper, a US military facility near Baghdad airport dedicated to holding "high-value" detainees.

The government says he was suspected of helping to pass classified information to the enemy and helping anti-coalition forces enter Iraq. But he was never charged with a crime, and says he never broke the law.

What happened to this man? Here are some of the allegations:

In November 2005, when he was to go on home leave, Navy Criminal Investigative Service agents questioned him about his work, refusing his requests for representation by his employer, the Marines or an attorney. The Justice Department says he was told he was suspected of helping provide classified information to the enemy and helping anti-coalition forces attempting to cross from Syria into Iraq.

He says he refused to answer questions because of concern about confidentiality, and the agents handcuffed and blindfolded him, kicked him in the back and threatened to shoot him if he tried to escape. He was then transferred to an unidentified location for three days before being flown to Camp Cropper. [...]

He claims guards tortured him by repeatedly choking him, exposing him to extreme cold and continuous artificial light, blindfolding and hooding him, waking him by banging on a door or slamming a window when he tried to sleep and blasting music into his cell at "intolerably loud volumes."
But none of that is real torture, right? And the man was suspected of collaborating with terrorists, which makes it all good, right?



  1. If the allegations are true, yeah, it's torture. And there should be the potential for reckoning up and down the scale. But suing Rumsfeld has that "Let's arrest the Pope during his trip to England and try him for not acting like the NKVD regarding sexual abuse and killing Africans with his no-contraceptives policy" feel to it. One just ends up looking Code-Pink silly when one leaps over the culpability chain like Evil Knievel over so many busses; and those of us opposed to torture are maginalized enough as it is.

  2. I just realized something, it isn’t the Catholics
    nor Protestants nor Jews nor Muslims nor Atheists
    . . . the Catholics are getting all the heat about it BUT IT IS . . .
    the Child Molesters –
    the Jewish Child Molesters –
    the Atheist Child Molesters –
    the Mormon Child Molesters –
    the Catholic Child Molesters
    the Muslim Child Molesters.

    It’s the Child Molesters against the rest of us AND they use religion as a smokescreen.
    What matters most to a Child Molester is NOT Jesus or Mohammed or Jehovah or Darwin. . .what matters MOST to them is molesting children.

    I'm so sorry, I've been very hard on your group...sorry.