Rumsfeld charged with torture in France!

Wow, this is kind of big.  It looks like an investigation into charges that Rumsfeld authorized torture is about to be opened in France where Rumsfeld is visiting right now.  I have no doubt that he’ll get off scott free, but it is nice to see signs that these neocon Gadianton higher-ups cannot do their dastardly deeds with complete impunity.  I guess if the Americans won’t rise up, it is up to the French to do the dirty work.  I wonder how Sarkozy will react to this.  Here is the breaking news story from

“U.S. and European human rights groups filed a lawsuit in France today charging former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with ordering and authorizing torture. The plaintiffs include the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights. They say Rumsfeld authorized interrogation techniques that led to abuses at US-run prisons in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.”

“The complaint was filed with the Paris prosecutor’s office as Rumsfeld arrived in France for a visit. This is the fifth time Rumsfeld has been charged with direct involvement in torture since 9/11. Michael Ratner is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He joins me in the firehouse studio. Jeanne Sulzer is a French attorney with the International Federation of Human Rights. She joins me on the line from Paris.”

Here is the New York Times version of this story:


Rumsfeld has apparently cut his stay in France short, fleeing the border under fear of arrest:


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