Torturing the Contractors

Reuters – US Court Rules for Rumsfeld in Iraq Torture Suit

Which is, of course, neither the surprising nor interesting part, but let’s get that out of the way:

“Litigation of Doe’s case would require testimony from top military officials as well as forces on the ground, which would detract focus, resources and personnel from the mission in Iraq,” Chief Judge David Sentelle wrote in the 13-page opinion.

Hey, Dave! Rumsfeld is no longer a top military official. And the wasn’t part of the point of going to Iraq to detract focus from Afghanistan?

The interesting part is this:

The contractor, a U.S. citizen identified in court papers only as John Doe, was employed by an American-owned defense contracting firm when he went to Iraq in December 2004. Working as a translator, he was detailed to a U.S. Marine Corps team operating along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

In 2005, he was taken to Camp Cropper, a U.S. military facility near the Baghdad airport, and held for nine months. He claimed prison guards abused him, exposing him to extreme temperatures, depriving him of sleep and choking him.

He eventually was released and never was charged with a crime. The U.S. government has said he was suspected of helping pass classified information to the enemy and helping enemy forces get into Iraq.

They’ll just torture anybody to gather false information. I guess that’s not surprising either.

But John Doe should get his story out. Wonder which contractor it was? Apparently, they don’t need no stinkin’ translators.

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  1. Reblogged this on USA COINTELPRO VICTIM OF THE PATRIOT ACT and commented:
    Reuters – US Court Rules for Rumsfeld in Iraq Torture Suit
    Which is, of course, neither the surprising nor interesting part, but let’s get that out of the way:
    “Litigation of Doe’s case would require testimony from top military officials as well as forces on the ground, which would detract focus, resources and personnel from the mission in Iraq,” Chief Judge David Sentelle wrote in the 13-page opinion.


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