U.S. judge denies two Americans the chance to sue Donald Rumsfeld

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | NOVEMBER 9, 2012

A federal appeals court rejected Wednesday that two American citizens have the right to sue former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for the torture that they allegedly suffered in Iraq by members of the U.S. Army.

Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel claim that Rumsfeld and others people who are identified in the case, developed, authorized and used violent interrogation techniques against them in Iraq.

However, the court has determined that they have no right to sue Rumsfeld or any other member of the chain of command, reversing the previous decisions of other courts.

Vance and Ertel were working for a private company in Iraq at the time. They suspected that the company was involved in corruption schemes, so such schemes were reported to the U.S. authorities.

Soon after, the two were arrested by U.S. forces in Iraq and immediately taken to Camp Cropper, where they say they were subjected to physical and emotional abuse, as well as harsh interrogations.

According to their statements, months after being released without any charges being laid against them, they filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages, alleging that his constitutional rights had been violated and that those responsible for the detention and abuse knew they were innocent.

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