Judge allows American to sue Rumsfeld over torture

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 4, 2011

A man described in an Associated Press story as an Army veteran, and who served as a translator for U.S. Marines in Iraq, has been given the green light to sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over claims the vet was imprisoned and unjustly tortured by fellow troops over a nine-month period.

Though the judge is letting the Army vet move forward with public legal proceedings, the veteran's identity is being withheld in the court filings, in part because the government says he was suspected of helping to get classified information to the enemy even though the vet never was criminally charged, AP reports.

The AP details the government's position why Rumsfeld should not be sued, the federal judge's decision to reject the government's argument and will let the case move forward, and the man's assertion of torture.


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