Snark de Triomphe

From The New York Times:

PARIS, Oct. 26 — Several human rights organizations based in the United States and Europe have filed a complaint in a Paris court accusing former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of responsibility for torture.

Original DVD cover.

The group, which includes the International Federation for Human Rights, the French League for Human Rights, and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, made the complaint late Thursday and unsuccessfully sought to confront Mr. Rumsfeld as he left a breakfast meeting in central Paris on Friday.
Similar legal complaints against Mr. Rumsfeld have been filed in other countries, including Sweden and Argentina. German prosecutors dismissed a case in April, saying it was up to the United States to investigate the accusations.

The French complaint accuses Mr. Rumsfeld of authorizing torture at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and says it violated the Convention Against Torture, which came into force in 1987.

As part of their complaint, the groups submitted 11 pages of written testimony from Janis Karpinski, the highest-ranking officer to be punished in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. She was demoted to colonel from brigadier general and lost command of her military police unit. She contended that the abuses at the prison had started after the appearance of Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who was sent by Mr. Rumsfeld to assist military intelligence interrogators.

From The Independent Online:

The lawyer for the four organisations, Patrick Baudouin, said the complaint had been filed with the state prosecutor, Jean-Claude Marin, who had the
jurisdiction to pursue it because Rumsfeld was currently in France.

From RINF:

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of “ordering and authorizing” torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military’s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest.

US embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” for six years.

Under international law, authorities in France are obliged to open an investigation when a complaint is made while the alleged torturer is on French soil.

Read an interview with Michael Radner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Jeanne Sulzer, French attorney with the International Federation of Human Rights, over at Democracy Now.


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7 responses to “Snark de Triomphe

  1. Friend of the court

    Rumsfeld, and all the rest of those lying thieves, should be run out of every country on the Earth. May they never have a moment of peace. Their sleep should be filled with fierce dreams of all of the people they have been responsible for killing or harming. May France be the first of many.

  2. nonnie9999

    i think that the dirtbags like rummy (who should change his name to runny, apparently), chimpy, and cheney are the only ones who are not losing any sleep. oh, and dana perino. that bimbo doesn’t have a clue. it seems that there are some people who never have to pay the piper. though it probably doesn’t matter to them at all, i hope that one day they realize just how despised they are.

  3. Got a Grip

    I don’t want them to run them out of their countries. I want them to trap them in the embassies there and make them prisoners, albeit well-treated prisoners. Someday they’d try to make a break for it, and then they could nab them and put them in a real prison cell where they belong. To the Hague, I say, to the Hague!!!

  4. nonnie9999

    how about the bastille, gotta? there would be some poetic justice after all the shit they slung at france.
    once incarcerated, they will be forced to listen to chimpy speeches over and over again. the constant drone of garbled english will be piped into their cells 24/7. i can’t think of a worse punishment.

  5. Got a Grip

    I’ve got to agree with you there. I think they should turn the Bastille into something along the lines of one of the “black sites”, and throw them all in there. Listening to Bush is definitely torture. I wonder if they use that on the prisoners in Guantanamo, too? I wouldn’t be surprised.

  6. nightowl724

    What a depressingly funny spoof, nonnie! Infinite points for the title alone!

    ‘Specially special favoritest part of the cover – the Burger Roi sign with the Freedom Fries ad!

    Turning the Bastille into a black site? LOVE IT!

    The new bourgeois quote to replace, “Let them eat cake” is “Let them use the ER!”

  7. nonnie9999

    i had all kinds of fun with the burger king sign! you give me too much credit, nightowl. i didn’t touch the bastille. i replaced the original pic of the arc de triomphe because it didn’t cover enough area, but no bastille. however, not that you mention it, it would be funny to have a pic of the prison with a menu of different torture techniques and a grand BurgerRoi-like sign saying have it your way!