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"Dirty bomber" tries to sue Donald Rumsfeld, others

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:39:59 CDT
By: AP

A man held for years as an "enemy combatant" is asking the US Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials of torturing him in a South Carolina military prison. Chicago native Jose Padilla is appealing a decision by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. That court ruled in January that Congress, not the court system, has jurisdiction over military detention cases. Padilla is a US citizen who claimed he was unconstitutionally detained and tortured in the Navy brig in Charleston after his 2002 arrest on suspicion of collaborating to build a radioactive bomb. The government ultimately dropped the dirty-bomb charge. Officials transferred Padilla to civilian courts, where he was convicted of supporting terrorism in Kosovo, Bosnia and Chechnya. He's serving 17 years.

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