Four British Citizens Sue U.S. Torture and Ill-Treatment During Detention

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Saturday, January 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On October 27, 2004, four British citizens brought a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Air Force General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and nine other top Army and Air Force officers, seeking $10 million each in damages for alleged torture, ill-treatment and other violations of their human rights. The former detainees allege that the military officials violated U.S. and international law by setting policies that caused them to be wrongly detained, tortured during interrogations and detention, and denied their rights. The military released them in March 2004 under pressure from the British government. All four have denied any connection with terrorism...[more]