White House Turns Tables on Former POWs

  1. White House Turns Tables on Former POWs

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...home-headlines White House Turns Tables on Former American POWs

    Gulf War pilots tortured by Iraqis fight the Bush administration in trying to collect compensation.

    By David G. Savage
    Times Staff Writer

    February 15, 2005

    WASHINGTON — The latest chapter in the legal history of torture is being written by American pilots who were beaten and abused by Iraqis during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. And it has taken a strange twist.

    The Bush administration is fighting the former prisoners of war in court, trying to prevent them from collecting nearly $1 billion from Iraq that a federal judge awarded them as compensation for their torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein's regime.

    The rationale: Today's Iraqis are good guys, and they need the money.

    The case abounds with ironies. It pits the U.S. government squarely against its own war heroes and the Geneva Convention.

    Many of the pilots were tortured in the same Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, where American soldiers abused Iraqis 15 months ago. Those Iraqi victims, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said, deserve compensation from the United States.

    But the American victims of Iraqi torturers are not entitled to similar payments from Iraq, the U.S. government says.

    "It seems so strange to have our own country fighting us on this," said retired Air Force Col. David W. Eberly, the senior officer among the former POWs.

    The case, now being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, tests whether "state sponsors of terrorism" can be sued in the U.S. courts for torture, murder or hostage-taking. The court is expected to decide in the next two months whether to hear the appeal....

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  2. God I hate Bush. It is ashamed his followers are so afraid to open their eyes.

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