Friday, January 21, 2005

When the US Government Backs Iraqi Torturers of American POW's

I don't recall if I mentioned this previously, but I went to a lunch last fall with a UVA professor, John Moore, who is involved in a case to try and recover damages from Iraq for the torture of American POW's during the first Gulf War. The case was going along swimmingly until after Abu Ghraib, when the DoJ decided to try and torpedo the case. The district court had ruled in favor of the POW's, but the Justice Department appealed the decision to the D.C. Court of Appeals, where the case was dismissed on a technicality. The POW's are appealing this decision in turn, meanwhile Moore argues his case in a Slate column.

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