Keith Olbermann continued his coverage of US citizens, who are suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture. On “Countdown” on Friday night, Donald Vance, a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, appeared on the show to describe how he came to be held and tortured in an American-run prison in Iraq for almost 100 days.
As Olbermann says in his opening, Vance alerted the FBI “about illegal weapons trading involving US military personnel.” He was sent as a contractor in 2004 and found out that the Iraq-based company he was working for was “building a stash of weapons to sell to Iraqi officials, some with ties to violent militias.” He also found employees were “giving American soldiers liquor in exchange for bullets and weapon repairs.”
Vance returned to Chicago and upon return notified the Chicago division of the FBI of what he had seen. They said they needed him and had him become an informant. He went back to Iraq and soon learned that his cover had been blown and he was now at risk. A US Special Forces team “rescued him,” but he soon found he was at Camp Cropper, a prison that Vance says Rumsfeld wanted to “Gitmo-tize.”
In Camp Cropper, he was subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” — torture — like food manipulation and walling. And, in his appearance on “Countdown,” he suggests “there may have been other Americans being held at Camp Cropper.”
Vance now waits for a ruling from the 7th Circuit Court Appeals. His case could even go to the Supreme Court.
Here’s the segment from Friday night’s edition of “Countdown” on Current TV: