The German government isn't filing the lawsuit. It's 11 Iraqis and a Saudi who went court-shopping and filed in Germany because the country "provides 'universal jurisdiction' allowing for the prosecution of war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the world." A previous lawsuit was filed on similar grounds and was dismissed. Yes, Germany has its share of weasels. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel isn't one of them and outrage at the country is premature. Calls to close our bases in Germany over this hyped news story are, with all due respect, silly.
The lawsuit hasn't even been filed yet. The Time blurb is a Friday afternoon freebie press release for the left-wing Center for Constitutional Rights--milking Rumsfeld's resignation for all the publicity they can get.
And as much as I respect Drudge, I take exception to his "Scare"
headline: GERMANY MAY BRING CHARGES AGAINST RUMSFELD OVER PRISON ABUSE
The German Government is not "bringing charges".
The German People are not "bringing charges".
NOBODY is "bringing charges".
It's a bunch of fruitcakes filing a suit, not bringing any kind of criminal charges.
Relax everybody... and you know who you are.