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A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their role in inhuman abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo
Nov. 10, 2006 By ADAM ZAGORIN
Just days after his forced resignation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was notified of charges to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor.
Rumsfeld has been named along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their roles in abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As TIME first reported in June 2005, one of the plaintiffs underwent a "special interrogation plan," personally approved by Rumsfeld, included forced nudity, waterboarding, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions and sleep deprivation.
One of the witnesses who will testify against Rumsfeld is former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the one-time commander of all U.S. military prisons in Iraq.
Karpinski has stated: "It was clear the knowledge and responsibility [for what happened at Abu Ghraib] goes all the way to the top of the chain of command to the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld."
The case has been called "a big, big problem." Rumsfeld indicated he would not attend a major security conference in Munich, where he was scheduled to be the keynote speaker. U.S. officials have long feared that legal proceedings against "war criminals" could be used to arrest and detain him.
In 1998, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet — whose murderous takeover of the elected government was financed by the Nixon administration — was arrested in London and held for 16 months in an extradition battle led by a Spanish magistrate seeking to charge him with war crimes. He was ultimately released on health grounds and returned to Chile. More recently, a Belgian court tried to bring charges against then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for war crimes.
The Plane Crash That Never Was
Some of the people demanding a proper 9/11 Investigation.
U.S. MILITARY OFFICERS
General Wesley Clark
General Wesley Clark, U.S. Army (ret) – Former Commanding
General of U.S. European Command, which included all American military activities in the 89 countries and territories of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
"We've never finished the investigation of 9/11 and whether the administration misused the intelligence it had. The evidence seems pretty clear to me."
Video interview ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos
Major General Albert Stubblebine
Major General Albert Stubblebine, U.S. Army (ret) – Former
Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security
Command, 1981 - 1984. Also commanded the U.S. Army’s
Electronic Research and Development Command and the U.S.
Video 7/11/06: "One of my experiences in the Army was being in
charge of the Army’s Imagery Interpretation for Scientific and
Technical Intelligence during the Cold War. I measured pieces of Soviet equipment from photographs. It was my job. I look at the hole in the Pentagon and I look at the size of an airplane that was supposed to have hit the Pentagon. And I said, ‘The plane does not fit in that hole’. So what did hit the Pentagon? What hit it? Where is it? What's going on?"
Col. Ronald D. Ray
Col. Ronald D. Ray, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) – Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran (two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart). Military Historian and Deputy Director of Field Operations for the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington, D.C. 1990 - 1994.
Article 7/10/06: "The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Reagan Administration and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and Colonel has gone on the record to voice his doubts about the official story of 9/11 - calling it ‘the dog that doesn't hunt.’ http://www.knowledgedrivenrevolution.com /Articles/200607/2006070 1_911_Ray.htm
Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford
Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) – Retired U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot with over 300 combat missions flown. 21-year Marine Corps career.
Letter to the Editor 2/5/07: Regarding 9/11 "Our government has been hijacked by means of a "new Pearl Harbor" and a lot of otherwise good and decent people who are gullible enough to think that the first three steel-framed buildings in history fall down because they have some fires that the fire fighter on the scene said could be knocked down with a couple of hoses and through which people walked before they were photographed looking out the holes where the plane hit . One of these - bldg 7, was never hit by a plane and even NIST is ashamed to advance a reason for its collapse. And, miracle of miracles, these three buildings just happened to be leased and insured by the same guy who is on tape saying they decided to "PULL" the last one to fall." http://www.michigandaily.com/home/index.cf m?event=displayArticleC
42c84e6-9719-4cfc-880c-6ceca6fad92e [Editor's note: WTC
Building 7 was 610 feet tall, 47 stories, and was not hit by an airplane. It would have been the tallest building in 33 states. However, no mention of its demise appears in the 9/11 Commission's "full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."
Statement to this website 2/20/07: "This isn't about party, it isn't about Bush Bashing. It's about our country, our constitution, and our future. Your countrymen have been murdered and the more you delve into it the more it looks as though they were murdered by our government, who used it as an excuse to murder other people thousands of miles away.
If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful, or ... to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you? Scholars for 9/11 truth have developed reams of scientific data. Michael Ruppert published an exhaustive account of the case from the viewpoint of a trained investigator. David Ray
Griffin provides a context for the unanswered or badly answered questions that should nag at anyone who pretends to love this country.
Are you afraid that you will learn the truth and you can't handle it? ...
Do a little research. Google is a wonderful tool.
Lon J. Waters, PhD
Lon J. Waters, PhD Mathematics – Former staff member of the Maui High Performance Computing Center, a U.S. Department of Defense funded high performance computing and research facility. Former
staff member of Sandia National Laboratories, a major research facility of the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. Member Advisory Editorial Board, Journal of
9/11 Studies. Signatory of Petition of Solidarity to the Attorney General of New York for a new independent grand jury investigation of 9/11 11/19/04: "We
the undersigned: a) think that there is ample evidence and probable cause to believe that many grave and still unresolved crimes were committed by US officials prior to, during and after the events of 9/11; b) observe that most of these apparent crimes, including but not limited to abetment of mass murder, criminal negligence, insider trading, and obstruction of justice fall well within the jurisdiction of New York's top law enforcement officials ..." http://www.justicefor911.org/
Wayne Madsen – Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, specialist in electronic surveillance and security. Formerly assigned to the National Security Agency and the State Department. Currently, investigative journalist, nationally distributed columnist, and author.
Senior Fellow, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-partisan privacy public advocacy group in Washington, DC.
Frequent media commentator on terrorism and security matters. Author of Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 (1999), co-author of America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II (2006), Black Ops & Brass Plates (2006),
Speech 11/11/06 : "After five years of talking to many individuals in the intelligence community, in the military, foreign intelligence agencies, and a whole host of other people from the air traffic control community, the FAA, I came to the conclusion that after
five years what we saw happen on that morning of September 11, 2001, was the result of a highly-compartmentalized covert operation
to bring about a fascist coup in this country.
These people need to be brought to justice, if not by our own Congress, then by an international tribunal in the Hague, in the Netherlands. Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld, Cheney should be sitting in the same dock where Milosevic and the Croatia-Serbia war criminals sat.
The DU Gang. Guilty of the foulest premeditated crime ever committed against humanity