Rumsfeld-Charged With Torture While In France!

There is Karma after all…

From NY Times

PARIS, Oct. 26 – Several human rights organizations based in the United States and Europe have filed a complaint in a Paris court accusing the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld of responsibility for torture.

The group, which includes the International Federation for Human Rights, the French League for Human Rights and the Nork York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, filed the complaint late Thursday and unsuccessfully sought to confront Rumsfeld as he left a breakfast meeting in central Paris on Friday.

h/t to Eve on the Orange.

The French complaint accuses Mr. Rumsfeld of authorizing torture at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq under the Convention Against Torture ratified by the United Nations in 1984.

As part of their complaint, the groups submitted 11 pages of written testimony from Janis Karpinski, the highest-ranking officer to be punished in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. She was demoted from brigadier general to colonel and lost command of her military police unit. She contended that the abuses at the prison started after the appearance of Maj. General Geoffrey Miller who was sent as by Mr. Rumsfeld to assist military intelligence interrogators.

International Herald Tribune….

Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a statement that the aim of the latest legal complaint was to demonstrate “that we will not rest until those U.S. officials involved in the torture program are brought to justice. Rumsfeld must understand that he has no place to hide.”

Did you hear that, Rummy????  NO. WHERE. TO. HIDE!
Yes, that goes for you too Bush, Cheney, Rice, et al….

Also, check out the Democracy Now Interview with Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Jeanne Sulzer. French attorney with the International Federation of Human Rights.


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    • KrisC on October 26, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    We’ve got a nice cell over here for just for you….

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    • Edger on October 27, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Rumsfeld was in Paris for a talk sponsored by Foreign Policy magazine, and left through a door connecting to the U.S. embassy to avoid journalists and human rights attorneys outside.

    This is the fifth time Rumsfeld has been charged with direct involvement in torture stemming from his role in the Bush administration’s program of torture post-9/11.

    I’ve been googling all day – no mention of him being detained….

  2. to roost, and, hopefully, all the rest of them that condoned his efforts!



  4. but this doesn’t mean that much.  I wish CCR would amend their press release, it is misleading.

    As in the two attempts in Germany, this “charge” doesn’t have the same meaning as the typical American use of “charge”.  Basically it is a complaint from the groups to the government, asking them to start the legal proceedings.  The  prosecutor then evaluates the complaint and decides if the case should go forward.

    The chances of that are slim, er anorexic, to none.  I am not saying the groups shouldn’t do this, but it means very little.

  5. I thought for a second there he was actually torturing people in France from the title….

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