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Rumsfeld Can Be Sued For Torture Damages: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by two American military contractors claiming they were detained and tortured in Iraq.

In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the appeals court found that the two plaintiffs, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel, can go after Rumsfeld for his role in creating and carrying out the policies that led to their alleged torture, based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 1971 decision in Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics. In Bivens, the high...

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