Rumsfeld Could Face Damages Over Tortured Contractor

Law360, New York (August 4, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge ruled Tuesday that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld could be personally liable for damages in an American military contractor's suit claiming he was detained and tortured for nine months in Iraq.

The contractor, identified only as "John Doe," claims that Rumsfeld personally approved policies that led to his torture and should pay monetary damages for violation of his Constitutional rights. He alleges that Rumsfeld approved a list of torturous interrogation techniques for use on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including isolation and...
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