DOJ Urges DC Circ. To Nix Rumsfeld Torture Case

Law360, New York (March 19, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday told the D.C. Circuit that prior laws limiting claims related to military actions preclude the courts from holding former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally accountable for an American contractor's alleged detainment and torture while working 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 the violation of his constitutional rights. He alleges that Rumsfeld approved a list of torturous interrogation techniques...
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