Federal Court immunizes Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others from civil inquiry regarding Iraq War
If you are a regular reader of Quiet Mike, you’ve no doubt been following attorney Inder Comar’s year and a half long attempt to hold the Bush Administration accountable for invading Iraq on behalf of his client, Iraqi refugee and single mother, Sundus Shaker Saleh.
Unfortunately, late last Friday, a federal judge not only dismissed the civil claim filed against George W. Bush and other high-ranking officials, but he also immunized them from further proceedings.
“This is an early Christmas present to former Bush Administration officials from the federal court,” Inder Comar of said. “This was a serious attempt to hold US leaders accountable under laws set down at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946. I am very disappointed at the outcome.”
The case alleged that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz committed aggression in planning and waging the Iraq War. Specifically, the lawsuit claimed that high-ranking Bush officials used the fear of 9/11 to deceive the American public into supporting a war against Iraq, and that they issued knowingly false statements that Iraq was in league with Al-Qaeda and had weapons of mass destruction.
The main reason the case was lost was due to the Westfall Act. Last year, Obama’s Department of Justice requested that the lawsuit be dismissed pursuant to this federal law that immunizes any government official from a civil lawsuit if that official was acting “within the scope of his office or employment.”
As Witness Iraq points out, Judge Jon S. Tigar, an Obama appointee, ruled that the defendants were shielded by the Westfall Act regardless of the accusations made in the Complaint.
“The decision guts Nuremberg,” Comar said. “Nuremberg said that domestic immunity was no defense to a claim of international aggression. This Court has said the opposite.”
Comar is not giving up. While he understood that this case was a long shot, he said “The plaintiff will consider all her options, including an appeal. Judicial inquiry into possible wrong-doing that led to the Iraq War is warranted.”