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    Filmmaker/former U.S. Navy SEAL Sues Rumsfeld Over Prison Time

    Just something to talk about sipping some coffeeeeeeeeeee.First Gitmo, then this.The government is losing it.Henri Dunant must be crying right now wherever he is.

    LOS ANGELES (July 8) - An aspiring Iranian-American filmmaker who spent nearly two months in a prison in Iraq without being charged has sued Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials, calling the government's detention policies unconstitutional.

    Cyrus Kar, 45, of Los Angeles seeks unspecified damages and sweeping changes in the government's detention policies overseas.

    The suit was filed this week in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union of California. It is the first civil case challenging detention policies in Iraq, said Mark Rosenbaum, the organization's legal director.

    A phone message left for a Pentagon spokesman was not immediately returned Saturday.

    When Kar was released, military officials said that he had been properly detained as "an imperative security threat" and that the matter had been handled and resolved appropriately.

    "This case highlights the effectiveness of our detainee review process," spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Don Alston said following Kar's release.

    Kar was taken into custody in May 2005 after he visited Iraq to make a documentary film about Cyrus the Great, the Persian king who wrote the world's first human rights charter. Potential bomb parts were found in a taxi in which Kar was riding.

    He was released July 10 after his family sued, accusing the federal government of violating his civil rights and holding him after the FBI cleared him of suspicion. He is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, according to news reports.

    The new lawsuit said his 55-day detention violated not only his civil rights, but also the Geneva Convention and the law of nations.

    "Human rights monitors note that the vast majority of the over 15,000 detainees in U.S. military custody in Iraq have never been charged, tried, provided counsel, or allowed to challenge their detention in court, and over one-fifth of them have been detained for over a year in this manner," the suit states.

    Kar said that while he was imprisoned he was at various times hooded and threatened, taunted and insulted by U.S. soldiers. One soldier slammed Kar's head into a concrete wall, the suit said.

    What happened to him in Iraq was "a life-altering experience," Kar told the Los Angeles Times.

    In addition to Rumsfeld, the defendants include Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commanding general of the multinational forces in Iraq, and Maj. Gen. William H. Brandenburg, who was in charge of detainee operations in Iraq at the time of Kar's detention.


    07/08/06 15:10 EDT


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    Re: Filmmaker/former U.S. Navy SEAL Sues Rumsfeld Over Prison Time

    Kar was taken into custody in May 2005 after he visited Iraq to make a documentary film about Cyrus the Great, the Persian king who wrote the world's first human rights charter. Potential bomb parts were found in a taxi in which Kar was riding.
    Making a historical movie in the middle of a war and riding around with bomb-making parts in his car, and to make matters worse (for himself) not an Iraqi take into account the number of soldiers and Iraqi citizens that have been killed by IED's I'd say this guy got off easy
    Originally posted by Americanadian
    Palin: Omit the "i" and you're left with "Pain".

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    Re: Filmmaker/former U.S. Navy SEAL Sues Rumsfeld Over Prison Time

    Quote Originally Posted by franKg
    Making a historical movie in the middle of a war and riding around with bomb-making parts in his car, and to make matters worse (for himself) not an Iraqi take into account the number of soldiers and Iraqi citizens that have been killed by IED's I'd say this guy got off easy
    Hey frank,
    You are so quick to accept this obviously idiotic statement from the military as some kind of valid incrimination A freaking empty coffee can could be considered a 'bomb part' by the delusional paranoids.

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    Re: Filmmaker/former U.S. Navy SEAL Sues Rumsfeld Over Prison Time

    This story was not picked up by the media here as far as I know.
    Some countries are protesting The US Military's illegal policies of kidnapping,detention and torture.
    In this case the Italian government appears to disavow any knowledge of these programs to avoid embarrassment.


    C B C . C A N e w s - F u l l S t o r y :

    Italy issues warrants in CIA kidnapping case
    Last Updated Wed, 05 Jul 2006 11:15:28 EDT
    CBC News

    Prosecutors in Milan announced on Wednesday they had arrested two Italian intelligence officials and had issued warrants for the arrests of four Americans in connection with the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorism suspect in 2003.

    The two Italian officials with the SISMI intelligence agency arrested were identified as Mario Mancini, the head of military counter-espionage, and Gustavo Pignero. They are charged with kidnapping.

    The four Americans include three CIA agents and a person who worked at the Aviano air force base, where prosecutors allege Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was taken after his abduction from a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003.

    Nasr, an Egyptian cleric also known as Abu Omar, is suspected of recruiting young jihadists.

    Prosecutors and a lawyer for Nasr say he is being held in a Cairo prison, where he was allegedly spirited as part of a CIA program of sending terrorism suspects to countries that use torture during interrogations. The practice is known as "extraordinary rendition."

    More than a year after he disappeared from Milan, Nasr's whereabouts became known when he made phone calls to friends and family from Egypt, claiming he'd been tortured.

    Wednesday's warrants are in addition to 22 issued last year for other Americans alleged to have been involved in the abduction. In April, Italy's justice minister declined to request that those suspects be extradited from the United States.

    In Egypt last week to visit President Hosni Mubarak, U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales acknowledged the U.S. had sent suspects to prisons in their home countries, but refused to say whether Egypt was on that list.

    "I'm not going to confirm that there have been any and I'm certainly not going to talk about the numbers," Gonzales told reporters. "It's intelligence activity and we just don't do that.

    "All I can say is that we do have an obligation to seek assurances from any country in which we are returning someone, that the individual is not going to be tortured."

    Last month, the Council of Europe released a report that alleged that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in operating illegal detention centres and clandestine flights of suspects.

    Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has maintained his government and the secret service did not know about the operation.
    http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/nation...italy-cia.html
    With files from Associated Press

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