In one of our previous threads on the use of torture by the US, Sparta said this:
Submitted on 2009/03/12 at 12:31pm
Geez….yes I have read this one as well. Let me remind you one more time, EVIDENCE is not the same as an OPINION….even the opinion of a committee headed by one of the most liberal senators in the US who is obsessed with linking the former administration with a policy of torture! If the evidence is there, where is it and why do they wait? Where are the indictments Joni??????
Sparta of Phoenix, AZ USA
Well, it looks like his wish could come true. Baltasar Garzón, who is a counter-terrorism judge in Spain has started criminal proceedings in Spain against 6 senior Bush officials. So here come the indictments.
The officials named in the case include the most senior legal minds in the Bush administration. They are: Alberto Gonzales, a former White House counsel and attorney general; David Addington, former vice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff; Douglas Feith, who was under-secretary of defence; William Haynes, formerly the Pentagon’s general counsel; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, who were both senior justice department legal advisers.
Court documents say that, without their legal advice in a series of internal administration memos, “it would have been impossible to structure a legal framework that supported what happened [in Guantánamo]”.
From what I gather, the problem for the US is that they signed and ratified the 1984 UN Convention against Torture, which requires the signatory countries to “investigate allegations of torture committed on their territory or by their nationals, or extradite them to stand trial elsewhere”.
Maybe this will force the Obama administration to start proceedings in the US, or those on the list could have extradition proceedings started against them.
Oh – and last week the UK started criminal proceedings into MI5 to look into their part in the torture of Binyam Mohamed.
As we keep saying, those responsible for allow, permitting and creating the conditions in which torture took place should be held accountable for their actions.