July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war ...[read more]
June 11, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal from two US citizens who were detained and tortured by US forces in Iraq. In Vance v. Rumsfeld, the court was asked to consider whether federal courts may entertain damages claims brought by US civilians who have been tortured by the ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Hu of the Center for Constitutional Rights says that the Seventh Circuit misinterpreted Supreme Court precedent in Vance v. Rumsfeld and consequently diminished a fundamental constitutional protection...In a recent en banc opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
November 8, 2012
by Endia Vereen
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc Wednesday, ruled that two American citizens cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld for alleged torture by US soldiers in Iraq. The plaintiffs, who worked for a private security firm in Iraq, were arrested in 2006 by ...[read more]
June 15, 2012
by Max Slater
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Friday that a former defense contractor who alleged that he was tortured while detained by the US military in Iraq cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The contractor, known only as "John Doe," asserted in his ...[read more]
June 10, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 10, 2006, the US Army reported the deaths of three Guantanamo detainees, Mani al-Utaybi, Yasser al-Zahrani, and Ali Abdullah Ahmed, in apparent multiple suicides. They were the first suicides confirmed among prisoners since the detention center at Guantanamo Bay began operating in January ...[read more]
May 18, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 18, 2011, US Southern Command announced that a Guantanamo Bay detainee known as Inayatullah was found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide. In 2007, the families of two other Guantanamo detainees who committed suicide filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the United States and 24 ...[read more]
May 11, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) on Friday found former US president George W. Bush and seven administration officials guilty of war crimes after a symbolic trial. The five-member tribunal convicted Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney, former defense secretary ...[read more]
April 24, 2012
by Julia Zebley
US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla filed a petition for certiorari with the US Supreme Court on Monday, appealing the dismissal of his lawsuit against US officials for allegedly illegally detaining him at a military jail in South Carolina. Padilla's lawsuit claims nominal monetary ...[read more]
October 27, 2011
by Jamie Reese
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to reinstate his unlawful detention suit against several government officials. Padilla, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), filed an ...[read more]

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