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Pentagon officials cannot be sued

March 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Obama's administration joined its predecessor in arguing that top Pentagon officials can't be sued by four former detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who say they were tortured.

The Justice Department, in papers filed with a federal appeals court, sided with arguments previously made by President George W. Bush's administration that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials should have immunity.

The former detainees are Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal Harith.

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