The Associated Press
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 05:33 CDT
© The Associated Press / Dennis Cook
In this Aug. 1, 2007, file photo, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge says Rusmfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during nine months in prison in Iraq.
A judge is allowing an Army veteran who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld personally for damages.
The veteran's identity is withheld in court filings, but he worked for an American contracting company as a translator for the Marines in the volatile Anbar province before being detained for nine months at Camp Cropper, a U.S. military facility near the Baghdad airport dedicated to holding "high-value" detainees.
The government says he was suspected of helping get classified information to the enemy and helping anti-coalition forces enter Iraq. But he was never charged with a crime and says he never broke the law.
Lawyers for the man, who is in his 50s, say he was preparing to come home to the United States on annual leave when he was abducted by the U.S. military and held without justification while his family knew nothing about his whereabouts or even whether he was still alive.