The US Department of Justice has asked for the exemption of former President George W. Bush and some senior figures in his administration from being tried over the Iraq War. Other US officials whose exemption from the Iraq War trial the DoJ requested were former Vice President Richard Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, retired four-star General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, reported RT. A 1998 US law authorizes the granting of absolute immunity to US politicians for actions they have carried out while in the government’s employ.
“The DoJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit,” chief counsel Inder Comar of Comar Law, a San Francisco-based law firm, said.Comar has agreed to take a case brought by an Iraqi single mother of three, Sundus Saleh, who filed a complaint in March in the San Francisco federal court arguing the war in Iraq could be judged as “crime of aggression.” “If the expectation is that a federal court will declare that the invasion, although duly authorized by Congress, violated international law and thus violates U.S. law, I would respond that we walked up and down that hill with respect to Vietnam... No federal court ever has recognized such a claim,” said Corey Hill, a member of Global Exchange, an international human rights organization. In July, a lawsuit filed by four former Abu Ghraib prisoners, who had accused US defense contractor CACI International of torturing, humiliating, and dehumanizing them, was dismissed. The Arlington-based company even sued the plaintiffs for the legal expenses it paid over the dismissed lawsuit. ISH/ISH