US court allows torture lawsuit against Rumsfeld

August 9, 2011 02:41

WASHINGTON - Two American men can go ahead with a civil lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a US appeals court said on Monday, over allegations they were tortured in Iraq at the hands of the US military.

Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel sued in federal court seeking damages from Rumsfeld and unnamed others over their roles in developing, authorizing and using harsh interrogation techniques in Iraq against them, thus violating their rights.

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago, upheld a decision by a federal judge in Illinois to allow the lawsuit to proceed despite efforts by the former Bush and current Obama administration to get the case dismissed.

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