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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Federal judge dismissed Rumsfeld torture lawsuit
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On March 27, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for authorizing the torture and abuse of detainees by US personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights First, was ultimately dismissed based on the immunity of government officials from lawsuits and the premise that US constitutional rights do not apply overseas.

Learn more about the laws governing torture and the debate surrounding the treatment of detainees by US personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan from the JURIST news archive.

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