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Why George W. Bush and cohorts should worry

In his memoir George W. Bush admitted that he authorized that detainees be waterboarded, tortured, a crime under US and international law.

Where is the accountability for these crimes? Bush and other criminals will be brought to justice if the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) have their way.

CCR and ECCHR jointly intervened into a criminal investigation in Spain examining the role of former civilian and military officials from the Bush administration in the commission of international law violations, including torture. The investigation is ongoing and includes the crimes that Bush admitted he authorized.

A joint statement reads in part: “There are no circumstances or excuses—including ‘national security’—under domestic and international law that allow for the use of torture. And there is an obligation to investigate and prosecute torture.

“Bush’s decision to authorize torture and other illegal acts against detainees held in U.S. custody led to the use of torture at Guantánamo, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in secret prisons by U.S. forces, and contractors, certain allies and the national forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. His decision led to Abu Ghraib.”

[Excerpt of an article by Bill Quigley, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans]

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4 Responses to “Why George W. Bush and cohorts should worry”

  1. 1. Demonstrate that waterboarding was legally considered “torture” in the United States at the time of any incidents.
    2. Demonstrate how the Geneva Convention applies to non-uniformed combatants
    3. Demonstrate that the UN and (known communist front groups like) CCR have jurisdiction in the matter
    4. Argue plausible why unaccountable courts should have jurisdiction over U.S. matters, and specifically, national security

    It is my understanding that waterboarding was not considered torture under U.S. law, that Geneva (for explicit reasons) does not apply to non-uniformed combatants, and the UN has no jurisdiction over U.S. legal matters, nor should it.

    Appreciate the post.

    • First of all, just to clarify two things:

      1. I am in no position to demonstrate any of these requests, since that is for the legal experts mentioned to do so. I am simply reporting that these proceedings have gotten underway.

      2. Since I am not a lawyer well-versed in these matters, but a simple citizen, I have to rely on those lawyers who are.

      And the highest lawyer in the land, Attorney General Eric Holder, did state during his confirmation hearings that waterboarding is torture. So that would begin to address your first request.

      And since former President George W. Bush openly confessed to both authorizing and condoning waterboarding, simple logic would dictate that by the U.S. Attornery General’s definition, George Bush has in essence confessed to authorizing torture.

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