Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The UN's special torture rapporteur called on the US Tuesday to pursue former president George W. Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.
"Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation" to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said, in remarks to be broadcast on Germany's ZDF television Tuesday evening.
He noted Washington had ratified the UN convention on torture which required "all means, particularly penal law" to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it.
"We have all these documents that are now publicly available that prove that these methods of interrogation were intentionally ordered by Rumsfeld," against detainees at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nowak said.
"But obviously the highest authorities in the United States were aware of this," added Nowak, who authored a UN investigation report on the Guantanamo prison.
"I think that the new Barack Obama, the President Obama, is going to find it very hard to go round the world and to say that we're now again the nation of rules of law," Turley suggested, "if the first act he commits as president is to walk away from a confirmed war crime."
"Are we literally looking at a possibility," Maddow asked, "where administration officials from this [previous] administration cannot travel abroad to the other 145 countries that have signed the torture treaty because they might get arrested?"
"Most certainly," Turley replied. "The status of George Bush is not that different from Augusto Pinochet. They've both been accused of running a torture program. And outside this country, there's not this ambiguity about what to do with a war crime. ... Most people abroad are going to view you not as former President George Bush, they're going to view you as a current war criminal."
"And they're going to view us as an outlaw regime for not arresting him on our own soil," Maddow remarked.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
In an interview on Fox News, Bush told Brit Hume that he approved enhanced interrogation tactics for suspected terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
"Enhanced interrogation" is, of course, a euphemism for TORTURE.
Of course, cravenly, disgustingly, Obama and the rest of the Dems have little to no interest in pursuing prosecutions.
There are some movements towards upholding the law and basic decency, and every right-thinking person should support these movements (here and here), but I will be amazed if they result in any real justice. This is mostly because the hateful, sick, criminal media has also embraced torture and has propagandized it as important for security to the US-- thus keeping the proper, rightful outrage of citizens at bay.
Video of Bush admitting he approved torture here:
Also notice how unhealthy both men look. They look terrible. Bush sounds brain-damaged, too.
Some background here.
Also-- Bush admin official confirms there was torture to at least one Guantanamo detainee.