Friday, January 21, 2005
Via our esteemed colleague Susan Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla: Regrettably, we must inform our readers of German extraction that in future, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will probably be unavailable to judge the International Beer 'n' Schnitzel Competition:
Rumsfeld has informed the German government via the US embassy he will not take part at the Munich Security Conference in February, conference head Horst Teltschik said.Why are we reminded of this?
The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint in December with the Federal German Prosecutor's Office against Rumsfeld accusing him of war crimes and torture in connection with detainee abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
Rumsfeld had made it known immediately after the complaint was filed that he would not attend the Munich conference unless Germany quashed the legal action.
The organisation alleges violations of German legislation which outlaws war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide independent of the place of crime or origin of the accused.