U.S. government should be on hook for torture

To the Editor,

BBC News reported that a U.S. firm called Engility Holdings paid 71 prisoners held and tortured at various U.S. prisons a total of $5 million in an out-of-court settlement.

My math tells me that is a little more than $70,000 each for the torture they endured.

What does that leave them after legal fees?

The U.S. government says it is immune from lawsuits stemming from combat.

So then why no immunity for Germany after the Second World War? Apparently what’s for the goose is not good for the gander.

Mike Gogo


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