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    U.S. Wants Filmmaker s Suit Dismissed Nov 4, 2006
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2006
      U.S. Wants Filmmaker's Suit Dismissed
      Nov 4, 2006

      LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The U.S. government filed a motion Friday seeking
      to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aspiring American filmmaker who spent
      two months in an Iraqi prison without being charged.

      The American Civil Liberties Union of California filed the federal
      lawsuit in July on behalf of Cyrus Kar, 45, of Los Angeles. It alleges
      the filmmaker's detention violated his civil rights, the Geneva
      Convention and the law of nations. Defendants include Defense
      Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other military officials.

      In response to the lawsuit, U.S. attorneys cautioned the court to
      carefully consider getting entangled in military operations overseas
      and said Kar cannot challenge the government's policies without "a
      realistic threat that he will again be subject to detention in Iraq by
      the United States military officers."

      The lawsuit is the first civil case challenging detention policies in
      Iraq, said ACLU legal director Mark Rosenbaum, who called the
      government's response to the lawsuit troubling.

      "I found it disturbing that their position is that American citizens
      can be treated with impunity by American officials without a
      recognition that the constitution applies," Rosenbaum said.

      Kar, an Iranian-American, was taken into custody in May 2005 after
      visiting Iraq to make a documentary about the Persian king who wrote
      the world's first human rights charter. Potential bomb parts were
      found in a taxi in which Kar was riding.

      While imprisoned, Kar said he was at times hooded, threatened and
      taunted by U.S. soldiers. One soldier slammed Kar's head into a
      concrete wall, the lawsuit said.

      Military officials have said Kar was properly detained as "an
      imperative security threat" and that the matter had been handled and
      resolved appropriately.



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