DC Circ. Deals Another Blow To Rumsfeld Torture Suits

By Dietrich Knauth (June 15, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that a former U.S. government contractor could not sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for monetary damages arising from his alleged torture in Iraq, dealing another blow to a damages theory that has stumbled in two other appeals courts.

The circuit court ruled that the Supreme Court's 1971 decision in Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics — a decision allowing a citizen to sue for monetary damages where no other federal remedy was provided for the protection of a Constitutional right — had never been applied "in a case involving the...

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