Aug 4, 2011
A federal judge has made a ruling that paves the way for former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to be sued personally for damages by a former US military contractor who says he was tortured during a nine-month imprisonment in Iraq.
Lawyers for the man, who worked as a translator for Marines collecting intelligence in Iraq, claim he was preparing to come home to the United States on annual leave when he was abducted by the US military and held without justification while his family knew nothing about his whereabouts or even whether he was still alive.
The government says he was suspected of helping pass classified information to the enemy and helping anti-coalition forces get into Iraq. But he was never charged with a crime, and he says he never broke the law and was risking his life to help his country.
Court papers filed on his behalf say he was repeatedly abused while being held at Camp Cropper, a US military facility near the Baghdad airport dedicated to holding “high-value” detainees, then suddenly released without explanation in August 2006.