Jose Padilla's Torture Suit Dismissed
A federal judge has dismissed Jose Padilla's torture lawsuit against Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates saying he has no right to sue for money damages.
The ACLU says:
The court today held that Donald Rumsfeld is above the law and Jose Padilla is beneath it. But if the law does not protect Jose Padilla, it protects none of us, and the executive branch can simply label citizens enemies of the state and strip them of all rights — including the absolute right not to be tortured. If Jose Padilla is not allowed his day in court, nothing will prevent future administrations from engaging in similar abuses.
Jose Padilla is an American citizen. He was arrested on American soil. He is serving his 17 year sentence, imposed by a federal court, at Supermax in Colorado. The decision is here. [More...]
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