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Rumsfeld torture suit goes to Supreme Court
by David Roknich
Wednesday Mar 13th, 2013 8:30 AM
At stake is whether the US government can torture it's own citizens with impunity. When this case was dismissed on Nov. 5, 2012 The Appeals Court finding actually expanded the immunty of US officials. The Chicago firm of Loevy and Loevy has decided to take this to the Supreme Court, and we await their decision on certorari.

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Donald Rumsfeld may soon be summoned to the to the Supreme court by the Chicago law firm of Loevy and Loevy. The suit was filed on December 18, 2006 after 2 US defense contractors managed to get home alive after months of illegal detention and torture by US forces in Baghdad. After a long journey through the courts in Illinois, the case was eventually dismissed in the 7th Circuit of Appeals on grounds of national security. On Feb 5, Mike Kanovitz (Counsel of Record), along with other heavy hitters from the Loevy team filed their request to have the case heard by the Supreme Court. The petition for certiorari was made available by John Young at his site, today. In it, there is a recap of the hellish adventure suffered by plaintiffs Vance and Ertel after their decision to act as informants for the FBI in an investigation of gun running by the US Army in Baghdad. More details soon at

The pdf, now available here, by clicking the photo, is text (rather than a photocopy) and summaries the saga of 2 whistleblowers in their struggle against Rumsfeld, the DoD and the DOJ. An unprecedented legal battle against tremendous odds.

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by David Roknich
Thursday Mar 14th, 2013 2:03 AM
It is likely not a mere coincidence that Donald Rumsfeld resigned as Secretary of Defense on the day this lawsuit was filed.

The timing of the buzz ahead of his resignation coincides with the period between the safe return of the plaintiffs to the US, and the filing of the suit. This lawsuit, and periferal issues it might have opened to public view was considered a real threat even before it was filed. Rumsfeld's removal from office reduced the chances for public scrutiny. It was the best possible damage control at the time.