Judge Dismisses ACLU Lawsuit Against Rumsfeld

Reagan appointee Thomas Hogan will not be invited to the ACLU’s Christmas, er, I mean ‘holiday’ party:

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan threw out a lawsuit brought on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Rumsfeld cannot be held personally responsible for actions taken in connection with his government job.

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‘There is no getting around the fact that authorizing monetary damages remedies against military officials engaged in an active war would invite enemies to use our own federal courts to obstruct the Armed Forces’ ability to act decisively and without hesitation,’ Hogan wrote [in dismissing the lawsuit] Tuesday.

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Hogan also dismissed the charges against other officials named in the lawsuit: retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, former Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski and Col. Thomas M. Pappas.

Here’s a link to the Associated Press’ full spin of events.

Hat tip: COgirl, of Hang Right Politics.

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