Torture

Supreme Court Rejects Torture Lawsuit Against Rumsfeld

Leaves intact ruling that the former defense secretary can't be held liable

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The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from two American whistleblowers who claim U.S. forces tortured them in Iraq and who want to sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The justices' action Monday leaves in place a federal appeals court ruling that found Rumsfeld cannot be held liable for actions taken by subordinates that may have crossed legal bounds.