Human Rights Groups Request Criminal Investigation After Bush Admits Waterboarding
November 12, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—George W. Bush’s new memoir “Decision Points” includes several revelations, one of which could have dire consequences for the former president. In the book, Bush admits authorizing waterboarding—a form of torture—in the cases of three terror suspects during his presidency. In response to Bush’s admission, the ACLU and other human rights groups are requesting a probe into whether Bush violated federal laws that prohibit torture, the Huffington Post reports.
Bush says that the Justice Department told him that waterboarding was considered legal, although other Bush lawyers later found the DOJ’s “Torture Memos” to be unacceptable, the Huffington Post notes.
The ACLU announced yesterday that it has asked that Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate Bush’s use of torture. Durham has pursued other torture cases involving government officials, and the ACLU hopes that Durham will focus on Bush as someone who “authorized or ordered the use of torture,” the Huffington Post reports.