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The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book

by Michael Ratner and the Center for Constitutional Rights - £20.99  The New Press (2008)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781595583413 | ISBN 10: 1595583416

He wonít be tried in the United States. He canít be tried by an international tribunal. So Donald Rumsfeld will have to be prosecuted by book.

In one impeccably researched and provocative volume, The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld compiles the evidence that the Bush administration is guilty of war crimes and presents it in the form of a court case brought by one of the premier civil and human rights organisations in the United States. The book lays out the proof that high-level officals of the Bush administration offered, authorized, implemented, and permitted war crimes, in particular the crimes of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in the name of fighting the "war on terror."

Using primary source documents ranging from the Guantanamo interrogation logbook for detainee Mohammed al Qahtani and statements of former detainees to the testimony of whistleblowers and key pieces of reporting, the book sets forth evidence of a torture program that took place throughout the world: in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, secret CIA prisons, and other places unknown.
 
The accused are accorded a defence drawn from their legal memos and public statements. Readers are allowed to judge whether the Bush administration has engaged in torture and who, going up the chain of command, is accountable.
 
One of the only attempts to hold high-ranking Bush administration officials criminally responsible for their actions, The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld is based on the original war crimes lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights and other human rights groups in Germany under that country's universal jurisdiction law. Another suit is pending in France. In the United States, where there is little hope for a trial, the public must serve as the court of last resort, and history will, ultimately, be the judge.

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In booklists: USA: Foreign Policy, War & Imperialism, USA: George W Bush & His Regime, War Crimes,
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