Rumsfeld Said to Have Fled France to Avoid Torture Arrest

On Friday, while former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld was visiting France, human rights groups based there and in the United States filed complaints against him, charging him with approving torture:

Rumsfeld is accused of authorizing torture at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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.

French prosecutors were said to have the power to pursue the case while Rumsfeld was in the country.

One source cites unconfirmed reports that Rumsfeld was abruptly whisked away from a breakfast meeting on Friday in order to avoid his arrest:

U.S. 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.

The report said Rumsfeld fled to Germany because similar charges were dismissed against him there in the spring.The German court ruled that Rumsfeld’s criminality was an internal matter for the United States.

41 Responses »

  1. big dave from queens October 28, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Rumsfield on the Run.

    Updates on Earth’s Most Wanted next week

  2. Frances October 28, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    Is it not clear that the rule of law applies to some people but not to others? Where Rumsfeld had the power to put people in prison without due process of law, when he is the subject of a complaint himself, he flees the country like a common criminal.

    Accountability, hah!

    There goes the US moral superiority.

  3. What? October 28, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

    What are you talking about? How does the actions of Rumsfeld reflect on United States morals? Also, since when does the United States claim moral superiority?

    Also your argument fails to muster basic logic. Rumsfeld’s decision to leave (assuming the article above is generally accurate – to which I am skeptical) would only evidence that he feels he is, indeed, subject to the authority of France to charge him with violations of International Law (as an aside, France is not the actual arbiter).

  4. makesenseofit October 28, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    Those poor bottom feeders who went ot war only to be subjected to court martial or trial and dismissed from the army when they only took orders and were more than likely given an open window to do what had to be done. But only to be caught on camera and
    finished with their service at the very least.
    With no one of authority taking the heat and everyone lying about the torture used …

  5. Chaos Motor October 28, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    “There goes the US moral superiority.”

    Goes? Brother, it’s up and went, and that was a while ago.

  6. Hageeisanass October 28, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    Too bad Americans haven’t filed a complaint on American soil. I’d like to see Rumsfeld a fugitive for the rest of his life.

  7. Anonymous October 28, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    More like Amerika’s immoral insecurity.

    Actually, Rumpsmelt has committed crimes right here in the USA.

    We signed treaties that outlaw torture, among other crimes he also committed.

    Those treaties are also US laws.

    That makes him a US criminal as well as an international criminal.

    His ill gotten war profiteering assets are also subject to confiscation, no matter where in the world they are hidden.

    I hope he likes his new bug out home on the Bush/cheney estate in Paraguay.

  8. Ronnie October 28, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    The part that caught my eye is this: “U.S. embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away…”

    Don’t try this at home or anywhere else folks. If you are a regular joe, the U.S. embassy officials will hand you over, not whisk you away, no matter how outrageous the charges filed against you in a foreign country and no matter how much they know its false. Trust me on this one.

  9. gary October 28, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    Go France…

  10. David Irving October 28, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

    I hope they put a bounty on his head. Hell, we have plenty of guns in this country. We will catch that SOB in less than a week for CASH!

  11. Anonymous October 28, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    im waiting for Cheney’s turn, as soon as they let him know about the case, he will get a heart attack and won’t be able to run away….

  12. ted October 28, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    As if he was actually worried the French would arrest him.

    Just checking, but I wonder if any of you have seen the Easter Bunny running around here.

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  14. g4man October 28, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    At least we have justice in the fact that old Rummy will never be an to vacation in Europe again.

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  16. Bill Clinton October 29, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    Cheese eating surrender moneys!

  17. Hillary October 29, 2007 @ 5:30 am

    Hmmmm, so rather than arrest him when he arrived in France, those dang Frenchies were going to interrupt him during his croissant and espresso?!? Mon Dieu! Where was Rummy “whisked” too? It’s possible all that fancy French food was finally catching up with him too.

  18. Helen Rainier October 29, 2007 @ 6:07 am

    Funny — this is the guy who said you go to war with Army you have not the one you want.

    But, he cut and ran from France because he was confronted by some humanitarian groups who charged him with “war crimes.”

    Striking sign of machismo there, Dumsfeld. You big, brave lout, you.

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  20. Hillary October 29, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    I hope you meant, ‘cheese eating surrender monkeys’ Bill. Don’t make me look bad when I almost have a lock on the nomination.

    Meanwhile, Rummy is as spineless as the rest of them. Cheney is the profiteering maniac that should be prosecuted, first and foremost. I’m not surprised Cheney ran under bush. Wuss!

  21. Blazingstar October 29, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    He’s probably hiding out in the White House basement with his co-conspirators who should be brought up on war crimes charges, too. Fat chance Bush and his henchmobs who live above the law in this “nation of laws” will ever have to spend a single moment behind bars where they belong. Whatta con-tree!

  22. Susan Cass October 29, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    Where is Simon Wiesenthal when you need him?

    :::::::::SIGH::::::::::

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  24. labol October 29, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    They should use the american practice of ‘extraordinary rendition’ and return Rumsfeld to France to face criminal prosecution. We’ll deal with Rice, Cheney, Powell, and Bush, at the Hague.

  25. jimbo92107 October 29, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    Don Rumsfeld, “Le Fugitive.”

    First we gotta smoke ‘em out, then get ‘em on the run…

  26. Buford October 29, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    Dead man running.

  27. Kevin October 29, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    My hope is that early in the afternoon on January 20, 2009, instead of the final trip to Crawford, Air Force One flys GWB straight to the Hague. It will also be fitting to have war criminals Rice, Rummy, Wolfowitz and Cheney as passengers.

  28. Matthew October 29, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    I would like to believe this story is true but the American people won’t do anything to stop this bullshit so why should the French feel obligated?This man needs to be tried and convicted along with the other loonies in the WH,be it here or at the Hague.If i tried to pull off half the shit these guys have they would have locked my ass up a long time ago and thrown away the key.

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  31. stephen bennett October 30, 2007 @ 6:34 am

    They all get away with it anyway don’t they. Pity they destroyed the evidence when they eliminated Saddam. Americans will never achieve democracy or human rights. Democracy is dead in the world. Human Rights are just the hobbies of the poor wretched masses of slaves and serfs, thanks to the likes of Rummy and Bush, Cheney,Rice, Powell, the White House, the House of Reps, the Senate, the Supreme Court and the Governments of all the States. Tryants and fascists and greedy human beings are the rule. Homo rapiens is doomed to extinction sooner than we think.

  32. Greg Bacon October 30, 2007 @ 6:43 am

    Looks like the French put the real “evil-doers” on the run.

    Think i’ll eat some FRENCH FRIES to celebrate.

  33. nick October 30, 2007 @ 7:09 am

    Maybe they will pull him out of a hole one day like they did Saddam. And when they hang him, maybe they will chant, “mooktada, mooktada”. LOL.

  34. Matt Sherman October 30, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    It’s about time Americans see their leaders should be in jail!

    If the French are awake, and know the truth! Why are these criminals still running our country?
    Why does Congress and Senate act stupid and just sit around scratching their bald old heads? When will their be action against these illegal actions?
    Is the whole senate and Congress in on the Bush Mofia?
    America is in real trouble and everyone who can do something doesn’t have the balls to do something!
    To bad all the americans with balls to fight are across the globe.
    Impeach Bush, Imprision the traitors!

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  38. What a bunch of LIBERAL PUSSIES November 9, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    I read the article then came upon all the anti-American posts. What a bunch of anti-American cowards. Why don’t you pussies leave the United States of America?

    If you think Chavez’s socialism is so great then why don’t you go there. Or how about China, I’m sure you will all get along.

  39. Annie November 21, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    Didn’t Bush have his Crawford ranch officially/legally designated a sanctuary ?

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