posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 04:07 AM
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is going to be taken to court amidst allegations that he authorised torture in Iraq and Afghanistan. The suit
has been filed in Federal Court by two human rights groups, saying he was directly responsible for the alleged torture of eight detainees. Prisoners
claimed they were repeatedly beaten, were slashed with knives, sexually humiliated and suffered assault plus mock executions amongst other things.
ANTHONY ROMERO: We contend in our lawsuit that Secretary Rumsfeld bears direct responsibility for the abuses, that he personally signed off on the
unlawful techniques in December of 2002 and in the years following, failed to act on complaints from the Red Cross and other groups about the torture
which was occurring at the hands of US military officials.
JOHN SHOVELAN: The suit against Mr Rumsfeld focuses on an order he signed in December 2002, that authorized new interrogation techniques for detainees
in the war on terror that were being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
These changes included "stress positions", hooding, 20-hour interrogations, removal of clothing, exploiting phobias, prolonged isolation and sensory
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Although this is unlikely to come to anything it's good that the message is being put out that this kind of torture is unacceptable, and hopefully
people will think before taking it too far. We know bad things have to be done to get important information, but there's a fine line between doing
what needs to be done and thinking you're above the law and can get away with anything.